The NIFT, Kolkata has a Resource Centre, a key
wing of the institute which consists of the Library Wing and Material Wing.
The library consists of varied books covering information
regarding garments, fashion and technology. The wing also subscribes to
fashion journals and fashion forecast. Videotapes, Slides and CD-ROM are a
part of this wing from where visual information can be collected. It
provides various publications (Fashion periodical Index, Bibliographies on
request, Subject/Picture files) to the members.
The material wing consists of Textiles, costumes, finding
Textiles : The textile collection
contains a fully documented collection of woven and printed patterns created
for apparel and home furnishings. In response to the needs of garment
exports, the Resource Centre has built a collection of fabrics being
specifically produced of garment exporters. The latest international fabrics
procured from leading trend services are also the part of the textile
Costumes : The costume collection
consists of well-known designer's clothing and regional costumes of India.
It also includes the award winning designs of each graduating class of
Fashion Design students.
Findings : Functional materials such as
zippers, elastic, buttons, embellishments interfacing, linings and other
materials needed to complete the garments are to be found in the Findings
Accessories : A variety of belts, bags,
costume jewellery, yarn craft etc. are to be found here.
The NIFT Kolkata Resource Centre now avails you the
forecast, which is an important phenomenon in the fashion and garment
industry. The forecast helps industry to select upcoming colors,
silhouettes, fabrics well in advance for the four seasons; spring, summer,
autumn & winter. Here one benefits with information on Menswear, Womenswear
and Children wear, which includes descriptions, sketches, fabric's swatches
and color samples. They also indicate trends for a particular target market.
For further benefits of industry fashion forecast
seminars are held, where the trend information is presented well ahead of
the time for the industry to ready their products to hit the market in time.