A strategic study of establishing the industrial needs in pattern design and technology in Mainland China

Sau Chuen Joe Au, Allan C. Chan, Zhang Lei

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Pattern design and technology play a very important role in the garment industry. In order to improve the level of pattern making and design of the garment industry, a survey was conducted to investigate the industrial needs in pattern design and technology in mainland China. The data were collected from the employers and employees from the garment industry and students in the major of fashion and clothing studies. It indicated that there was a gap between the employer and employee, especially the requirements of the industrial needs and the course contents covered by the tertiary schools. The employers expected to recruit more experienced pattern designers, at the same time, they were not reluctant to hire fresh graduates and spent more resources on the training of employees. The students knew little about their employment situation of the garment industry, spent too little time on the course study and learned too little practical skills in pattern design. They could not make use of the knowledge which prevented them from being employed by the garment industry. Efforts should be taken by both the tertiary schools and the garment industry. The students should be aspirated towards the profession of pattern cutters and the syllabuses of pattern making should be more practical and industrial orientated. The solution might benefit the garment industry a lot in a long run.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)488-493
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Donghua University (English Edition)
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2007


  • Needs of garment industry
  • Pattern design and technology
  • Skills of pattern cutters

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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