University Intervention in Inculcating Design Practices for Sustainable Fashions
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Sustainable fashion is clothing that we get substantial use of by never buying that’s less than contextually fabulous. Changing consumer consumption habits and technological intervention has created a world of fashion with short fashion cycles and planned obsolescence. The fast fashions and their ecological impact have drawn the attention of the researchers, with greater emphasis given to the intervention of the higher education institutions in sustainable development. Aligning to changing global requirements and readjusting to the region specific human resource needs arising out of ever-changing technology and industrial processes are some of the crucial contemporary issues that the higher education institutions have to learn to handle. Higher education institutions could no more remain as isolated centers of excellence, completely insulated from the socioeconomic mainstream. Being an epitome of knowledge creation and knowledge dissemination for the benefit of the societies, the institutions have to play a proactive role in identifying the growing impact of technological changes and unsustainable consumption patterns in different industries leading to environmental degradation. The institutes of higher education should aim at constant efforts to design and revitalize design courses with the aims of skill and competence inculcation along with the sensitivity for economic, social, and ecological sustainability. The collaborative efforts with different stakeholders play a prominent role in implementing sustainable practices. This paper as an attempt to address ecological sustainability emphasizes on the model involving the stakeholders and the institution of higher education in inculcating sustainable design practices among the budding designers.
KeywordsSustainability Fast fashion Ecological impact Design practices Design education
The authors place on record the support received from the students of Manipal Academy of Higher Education for their contribution in design development and documentation:
Design Courtesy—Ms. Nikhila Anandan and Ms. Aysha Shaima.
Modelling Courtesy—Ms. Anila Alexander.
Photo Courtesy—Mr. Janardan Massar and Mr. Sharvan K Acharya.
The authors also thank the local weavers and manufacturing units for their support in developing the projects.
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