New patterns for Tajik tailors

23 December 2022
ITC News

A leading designer showed how to use the latest techniques for creating men's suits

Creating a perfect suit requires making a perfect pattern. That was the focus of a workshop in Tajikistan, where a world-renowned expert taught some 50 educators and tailors the latest techniques in patternmaking.

“Garment construction is the key in fashion designing, and patternmaking and garment construction are crucial in it,” said Jahonoro Usmonova, a teacher from the Technological University of Tajikistan and a graduate of the patternmaking course. “This training played an important role for us in understanding the garment from all aspects in order to perform better pattern making.”

Woman measures man for suit
The instructor shows how to take measurements for a suit.
Photo by ITC

ITC expert Irina Filichkina led the workshops in Dushanbe and Khujand, as an official representative of the German patternmaking school M.Müller & Sohn in the Russian Federation.

The course covered both theory and practice in pattern drafting, garment construction, and dressmaking. The participants learned to adapt a basic pattern to fashion various types of men’s suits.

With hands-on activities, the participants constructed the design of men’s suits and learned the sewing techniques to piece them together.

They also learned to take body measurements and to fit adjustments, with guidance on sewing techniques for corners, curves, lining and garment finishing.

 “The knowledge gained through the training will help participants modernize the process of clothing patternmaking that can be applied to mass and individual production,” Filichkina said.

The sessions combined hands-on activities, demonstrations and lectures. This allowed participants to develop both practical skills and creative methods for designing and sewing clothes.

Successful graduates received certificates of completion.

This tailoring-centric programme was made possible thanks to the Government of Switzerland through the International Trade Centre’s Global Textiles and Clothing Programme (GTEX).


About GTEX and Swiss Cooperation 

The GTEX MENATEX programme is funded by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) of the Swiss Confederation focusing on five priority countries (Egypt, Morocco, Kyrgyzstan Tajikistan and Tunisia). The programme aims to encourage exports of textiles and clothing from developing countries to promote employment and income generation throughout the value chain.

This year the Swiss Cooperation Office in Tajikistan marks 30th year of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Switzerland and Tajikistan. Over the last 30 years, around 500 million USD have been allocated in the form of grants to the Government of Tajikistan and the Tajik population.  Within its Cooperation program for Central Asia (2022-2025), Switzerland will focus on supporting economic, social, and democratic development, promoting an integrated and regional approach in the complex field of transboundary water management, strengthening economic ties and promoting good governance.  For more info: www.eda.admin.ch/tajikistan