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Today we have Jamila from NIFT giving us interesting details about her research internship in the field of fashion. Her project involved in the field of 3D virtual garment design with human experience. Read on to know more about this unknown yet thriving part of fashion industry.
InterFeel (IF): Please tell us something about yourself. Where are you studying currently? What are your hobbies and interests?
Jamila Siamwalla (JS): My name is Jamila Siamwalla, coming from National Institute of Fashion Technology, Mumbai. And yes, associated with the leading institute in India for textiles and fashion, I’m presently in the seventh semester of the textile design course.
IF: Tell us something about your internship including stipend, duration and place?
JS: I completed a research based internship, at GEMTEX Lab (Laboratoire De Genie Et Materiaux Textiles), at Ecole Nationale Superieure Des Arts Et Industries Textiles, better known as ENSAIT in Roubaix, France. There was no stipend provided as the internship was not more than 8 weeks. During the end of the third year, we are supposed to take undertake, an industrial internship, for 8 weeks. Though being from a design background, my major focus area always lied in research in technical based design process in product design development. Therefore, the preparation involved in forming the cover letter, curriculum vitae and the statement of purpose. With the acceptance of the project, from the Lab it was important for the project to get approved from the head academic affairs from NIFT Delhi, for the research internship, to be considered as equivalent to an industrial internship.
JS: The selection was based, on the quality of CV, in relation with the ongoing project at the Lab. The cover letter, sent through the mail is important, and I was continuously learning to effectively frame it for the required purpose as it gives a gist of what one has to do. More than that, it is the subject of the email that should be looked out for.
IF: Could you please highlight the work/research you carried out during your internship period?
JS: Under the human centered design research group, at GEMTEX Lab, my project involved in the field of 3D virtual garment design with human experience, for which I was under two head professors, who were specialized in the fields of sensory analysis, data processing, decision making, virtual design and a PhD scholar, whose project was in the area of digital tools for developing customized co-design platform with integration of comfort and fashion. The ongoing project was thus, of my interests in the fields of interactive design in product development. The final project report was prepared on the final impact creating on sustainability due to garment virtual design. The project, to be done was quite on a broader perspective, it dealt with concepts regarding fit, comfort, style approach, human perception and slow fashion. In turn, how virtual design helps in providing solutions, to all the factors for the ease of garment manufacturing process. It involved indefinite time of reading, noting points, systematic diagrams with explanatory relativity in systems. The importance was always focused on effective referencing with the discussions which was the major part of the research internship
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IF: Can you give us interesting details about your experience – good and bad?
JS: The working culture is quite different or may be astonishing, always giving the emphasis on personal importance. And yes of course the French have an aura about them. They also believe in quality work management skills, and with no doubts, they enjoy their special lunch breaks. It is also difficult to resist one self, from their baked delicacies. Though there were language problems, but that was never experienced at the Lab.
About my accommodation, I was staying at a dorm, which was 25 minutes away from the Lab, by metro. So, every day, it used to be one hour of travelling by the underground metro, quietly known as the world’s first automated driverless metro line. Therefore, no doubted, the technological savvy nation had very much amazed me. At the dorm, we had a common kitchen, so it was delightful to cook together. I soon realized that common Indian staple food, is reserved for special occasions for the natives over there, and thus found myself teaching them to cook Indian veg curry and daal.
IF: How do you think this internship has helped you grow? In other words, what are your key takeaways from the internship?
JS: Of course this internship has helped me grow, and I think any kind of internship does that. The exposure that I got from the experience at a workplace is incredible. You get to talk, learn and then to get the feedback, is the most important factor of a research internship.
IF: Has this internship had a decision altering impact on your career? Do you now think of a different future path as compared to before doing the internship?
JS: It has surely created an impact on my career. I was always interested in research, and how things go about it. In my field, continuous research is on a vast scale, as the textile and garment sector contributes to being one of the largest contributing sectors of the economy and consumption. And though, through the research internship, it has widened the different areas within the field, of how technology can improvise the production process and therefore contribute to sustainability, which was unknown to me before. But this is how we learn, with different stages, new things come by.
IF: Lastly, do you have any words of advice or caution for students aspiring for this internship and reading this piece?
JS: I would just say international internships are amazing. For me, as being the only intern, it was an adventure; it was not only knowing things academically but the cultural difference, played a major role. Though commonly, internship projects in textiles are usually completed at industries, but mine being as that of research it was interesting to know the technology that is being made beforehand the industries are using themselves. Therefore, being a part of the learning process is incredible.
We’d like to thank Jamila for this wonderful interview and wish her all the best in her career in the fashion industry.