The Textile Association (India), West Bengal Unit Celebrated their 68th Anniversary and organised One Day Annual Conference of on “Eco-Friendly Aspects of Textile Manufacturing” on 16th February, 2019 at Kennedy Hall, Department of Jute and Fibre Technology, University of Calcutta.

Inaugural Session:

The One Day Conference on “Eco-Friendly Aspects of Textile Manufacturing” started with the welcome address by Prof. Sadhan Chandra Ray, Chairman of The Textile Association (India), West Bengal Unit, in absence of Shri Jiwraj Sethia, President of the West Bengal Unit of the Textile Association (India). He extended hearty and warm welcome to the Dignitaries on the Dais, esteemed speakers and participants including the organizers inside the conference hall and also elaborated the scope and prospects of the One Day conference on “Echo-Friendly Aspects of Textile Manufacturing”.

He particularly advised the student participants for taking keen interest in attending as well as organizing such conferences/seminars for building their strong foundation in the various domains in textile technology for taking leadership of the textile industry in future. After the welcome address, the dignitaries on the dais were felicitated with flower bouquets.

Shri Man Mohan Singh, President and Unit Head, Grasim Industries Ltd., Jaya-Shree Textiles, Rishra Unit, Hooghly, West Bengal, who consented to inaugurate the Conference as Chief Guest, could not arrive to the venue on account of some very urgent work. Shri Subhash Bhargava, Chairman-cum-Managing Director of Colorant Ltd., Ahmedabad who graced the occasion as Special Guest in Chief, inaugurated the Conference by lighting the Lamp (Mangal-Deep) and releasing the Souvenir published for the purpose. In his though provocative inauguration address presented the wide spectrum of effects of textile processes and various chemicals on environment and possible solutions for achieving eco-friendly textile processes and products in the coming days.

Prof. Asis Mukhopadhyay, Head, Department of Jute and Fibre Technology, University of Calcutta as Guest of Honour, lucidly explained the various causes of gradual deterioration of the green earth and the necessary steps to be implemented for maintaining eco-friendly environment for the survival of living beings. Dr. N. C. Pan, Director, ICAR-NINFET (National Institute of Natural Fibre Engineering and Technology), Kolkata, Special Guest of Honour, shared his vast experiences in the manufacture of jute and allied fibre based eco-friendly technical textiles as well as apparel. He also highlighted the scopes of developing eco-friendly textile manufacturing processes. The vote of thanks was extended by Shri Asoke Kumar Mukherjee, Hon. Secretary of TA(I), WB Unit, who also wished a great success of the conference by the active participation of everybody present in the hall.

Technical Session – I:

The 1st Technical Session was chaired by Prof. Sadhan Chandra Ray, and four innovative and interesting papers were presented by Dr. L. Ammayappan, Shri Pinaki Sengupta, Dr. M. N. Pattanaik and Prof. S. K. Sett respectively. Dr. Ammayappan of NINFET described the techniques of eco-friendly dyeing and aroma finishing on jute-based textiles. Mr. Sengupta of Jaya Shree Textiles discussed in-depth the industrial policies and practices followed in the flax and wool divisions of the Jaya Shree Textiles, A Unit of the Grasim Industries Ltd., the flagship Company of the $ 41 billion Aditya Birla Group. The information provided on the steps taken for the sustainability of the Vision of the company, which includes the optimal usages of resources (energy and water) and working towards reduction of waste and carbon footprint through monitoring of Higg Index, made the audience spellbound. Dr. M. N. Pattanaik of College of Engineering and Technology, Bhubaneswar, presented the very interesting paper on bio-softening of handloom fabrics nowadays used in readymade garments. He showed that the bio-softener extracted from mangrove leaves can produce softness in the fabrics similar to traditionally obtained using various chemicals in industry. The last paper of the session was presented by Prof. S. K. Sett, Former Professor and Head, Department of Jute and Fibre Technology, University of Calcutta on “Some uncommon natural vegetable fibres in India”. Keeping in view the slogans – “go green”, “organic” and “biodegradable”, he discussed the features and prospects of some uncommon natural vegetable fibres like Flax, Ramie, Nettle, Bhimal, Banana etc. available in various corners of the country.

Technical Session – II:

The 2nd Technical Session was Chaired by Prof. S. K. Sett, Former Professor and Head, Department of Jute and Fibre Technology, University of Calcutta and five technical papers were presented by Prof. Debasish Das, Dr. Kartick K. Samanta, Dr. Arijit Chakraborty, Shri Bikash Agarwal and Prof. Sadhan Chandra Ray. Prof. D. Das of Department of Jute and Fibre Technology, University of Calcutta presented an interesting paper on Coating of cotton with blend of natural rubber latex and polyvinyl alcohol to produce moisture vapour permeable waterproof fabric. Dr. Kartick Samanta of NINFET, Kolkata discussed lucidly the technique of eco-friendly value addition of natural fibres using nanotechnology. Dr. Arijit Chakraborty of Govt. College of Engineering and Textile Technology, Serampore made a very colourful presentation on synthesis and application of chitosan-Aloe vera bionanocomposite towards the developments of antimicrobial and liquid/blood repellent surgical gown for hospital usage including practical demonstration for the interest of the audience. Shri. Bikas Agarwal of NIFT, Kolkata informed the audience about the regulations and techniques adopted in different well-known garment industries for their sustainability. At the last, Prof. Sadhan Chandra Ray, Former Professor and Head, Department of Jute and Fibre Technology, University of Calcutta introduced knitting as an eco-friendly technique of fabric formation in one hand and explained the potential of knitting for the sustenance of natural fibres by producing a very wide range of fabrics and seamless garments from simple socks, vests and briefs to highly sophisticated technical textiles with colourful examples on the other.

The One Day Conference was attended by more than one hundred persons belonging to different sectors of the textile technology, of which the major portion was from the academic institutions. The intelligent audience put a good number of questions as well as suggestions for discussion. At the end of the day “Lucky Dip Draw” was held with the participants and three awards were given to the winners (incidentally all of them were students). The concluding Vote of Thanks was given by Shri Asoke Kumar Mukherjee, Hon. Secretary of the TA(I), WB Unit to call the end of day.