A new fashion technology by Indian fashion designer and technologist Siddhartha Upadhyaya, of eco-fashion label August Fashion, has ventured into a hitherto unexplored area called Direct Panel on Loom (DPOL). The technology makes use of a process which utilizes a loom, attached to a computer and weaves made-to-fit garment sections. These garment sections are then sewn together by hand making sure no fabric waste is created. This is because no fabric is cut in the process.
DPOL saves yarn, dyes and chemicals, reduces lead time by almost 50 per cent, and can even handle small orders. The garments thus made also have no shade variation and is difficult to copy. Significant is the fact that it also conserves natural resources – DPOL saves 70-80% of water compared to standard methods of garment manufacturing!
The new fashion technology, in fact, brings together the weaving, fabric-cutting and patterning stages all into a single process. The new innovation is likely to gain ground and could spur more such efforts worldwide. Who wouldn’t want to save time, money, and resources after all?