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Turkish fashion students inspired by wool course

23 March 2016

A group of students from Faruk Saraç Meslek Yüksek Okulu – Faruk Saraç Vocational School of Fashion (FSTYMO) visited the İpekiş Factory located in Bursa DOSAB, in collaboration with The Woolmark Company and İpekiş.

The students observed the transformation of Australian Merino wool into a fabric, through production techniques including yarn production, warping, weaving, dyeing, finishing, quality control and packaging. İpekiş specialists accompanied FSTMYO students as a part of The Woolmark Company’s training project to inform on high-quality and innovative fabric collections, made from the finest Australian Merino wool which possesses natural benefits such as softness, superb drape and temperature control.

“I had the chance to see all of the manufacturing steps and processes of woollen yarn in the seminar,” said student Merve Dilan Turan. “It is like a miracle coming to life. I was unbelievably excited to be in the kitchen of wool in a factory. It is a great chance to have such an opportunity.”

The factory visit and wool training provided by The Woolmark Company educates the future designers, creators and decision makers of the fashion and textile industry on the endless possibilities of Merino wool.

This exciting program aims to take university students to visit the top selected Turkish factories, starting from an early stage of their education thereby helping them enhance their knowledge of textile and apparels.  

“As a fashion designer and tutor I place high importance on knowing fabrics and materials which are the technical infrastructure of my job,” said FSTMYO tutor and knitwear designer Onder Ozkan. “Fashion education should be built upon all of this practical and dynamic industrial information. The factory visit and the wool introduction seminar highlighted the importance of knowledge of materials in preparation of designs.

“These busy two days were very productive for our students. They became more familiar with the industry and aware of the added value of wool.” 

Initiatives such as this highlight the global authority on Merino wool’s commitment to fostering the education of the next generation, yet also offers the prestigious Turkish wool manufacturers an opportunity to present their manufacturing processes and fabric collections, building business relationships with the best talents in the region.

“We are pleased to welcome the students of Faruk Saraç Vocational School of Fashion to our factory and provide fashion design education in Bursa,” explains İpekiş Product Development and Marketing Department Manager (Design and Customer Relationship) Guler U. Altinel. “In this period of personnel shortage in our industry, we highly need both technically and creatively well-trained people.

“To be successful in business life, students should closely monitor the industrial developments, visit fairs and engage with the businesses even during their school lives.”