A study of establishing the industrial needs in pattern design and technology in Hong Kong

Sau Chuen Joe Au, A. C. Chan, L. Zhang

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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 Hong Kong. The data was collected from the employers and employees from the garment industry and students studying fashion and clothing in Hong Kong. It indicated that there was a gap between the employer and employee. 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. 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)9-16
Number of pages8
JournalTaiwan Textile Research Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 11 Oct 2007


  • Hong Kong
  • Needs of the garment industry
  • Pattern design
  • Skills of pattern cutters

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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