Patterns of Success
12 Oct 2016
By Blogging Consultant James Brindley
Back at her university, making a new dress design involved a long process of trial-and-error – from sewing table to the manikin and back again. For an ambitious student like Guzal Takhirova, who isn’t content with standard designs and seeks to innovate – essential for her future success – the solution must involve technology.
“In the future I plan to open my own business – a sewing enterprise,” shares the national award-winning designer and graduate of the Design and Construction College in Namangan. “That’s why for me it is important to learn how to work with innovative technologies.”
Ms. Takhirova is one of 48 recent graduates who are being trained at the ‘Istiqlol Dizayn Markazi’ LLC, a clothing design centre equipped by the “Business Forum of Uzbekistan (Phase-III)” project, joint project of UNDP and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, with financial support from Sasol.
10 will go on to be employed by the factory, while many more will set up their own independent businesses.
What makes this centre ground-breaking is that it has made us of the new ‘CAD’ (computer-aided design) software, a 3D modelling tool that allows designers to easily experiment in a digital realm, and create very accurate patterns for clothes. By eliminating tedium and ‘busy work’, CAD has been a catalyst for creativity and productivity.
“Prior to opening the Design Centre equipped with the CAD system, the process of developing a future product’s layout, the patterns for sewing, took a few days.” said fashion designer and CAD system coach Ms. Dilobar Haytbaeva. “Patterns were fabricated, cut out and sewn, and the draft product tried on a manikin and corrected. Now the software helps save time and financial resources, providing opportunities to create high-quality products that meet international standards.”
Meeting international market standards, while taking advantage of the foreign marketing skills assimilated by other UNDP initiatives such as the ‘Aid for Trade’ project, will help build the success of the project and its individual participants. “Here, talented young people will learn how to work at a level required to access foreign markets, including component work with foreign customers,” said company director Mr. Bakhityor Umarov.
“I do believe that the center will be an impulse for developing Uzbekistan’s garment industry. It will help expand the pool of local design experts, and contribute to the national brand’s global strengthening.”
Businesses supported through the BFU project and Sasol’s financial support, like the ‘Istiqlol Dizayn Markazi’, are fundamentally important because they help grow numbers of entrepreneurs, encourage a culture of independence particularly among rural women, and link national and foreign markets. This particular business reminds us that there is a prominent need to ‘See the wood for the trees’.
“Creating work opportunities is a relatively simple task, but our support of creative, inventive pursuits, is all about making work that is fulfilling and productive,” said Qobiljon Bakirov, Head of the Regional Department of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Uzbekistan. “Young people, young women naturally want to make a mark on the world – they have ideas that they naturally want to share and to profit from,”
“This is why ‘Istiglol Dizayn Markazi’ and other similar initiatives have to encourage, and build the skills and abilities of young designers like Guzal Takhirova.”
The ‘Business Forum of Uzbekistan (Phase-III)’ project is a joint initiative of UNDP and Chamber of Commerce and Industry, aiming to improve the business environment by introducing online services, improving regulatory frameworks, and developing and promoting inclusive business models. The ‘Istiqlol Dizayn Markazi’ LLC is a winner of the ‘Tashabbus-2011’ contest, and is indeed a respected clothing exporter in CIS countries.