—Till 1979, the knitwear was otherwise known as
Hosiery which is mean to be only under garments such as Vest
and Brief mainly used by Men in India. Later, knitwear
products were identified as a fashionable product by the fashion
industries of western countries, resulting in plain “T. Shirts”
are made as a pioneer product of fashion in Indian Knitwear
industry. In the process of evolution, the knitwear products
reached different dimensions according to human anatomy,
makes the knitwear products with highly fashionable,
embellished and comfort to wear. At this juncture the
consumers of western countries, realized that the quality of
knitwear products are forced to seek and implement new
techniques and methods to maintain durability, colour fastness,
harmless chemicals etc,. Consequently, stringent quality policy
such as ISO 9000, ISO 9002, SA 8000, TOTAL QUALITY
MANAGEMNT (TQM) etc., were implemented in the knitwear
industry all over the world. But implementing such systems in
the Indian knitwear industries are cumbersome because the
textile industry in India considered as by product of
agricultural industries where great lack of quality awareness
was found greatly, besides many other factors such as lack of
unskilled executives and workers, lack of coordination between
government and knitwear industries and educational
institutions stood as a bottleneck for quality awareness, which
is an urgent and imperative need of the knitwear industries to
flourish in India.
S. Shanmugasundaram, Assistant professor, department of Business
Administration,Annamalai University, Annamalai Nagar. India.
G. Loganathan, diector,The Imperial, an apparels sourcing Inc,.
Dr. N. Panchanatham Professor & Head, department of Business
Administration, Annamalai University, Annamalai Nagar. India
Cite:S. Shanmugasundaram, G. Loganathan, and Dr. N. Panchanatham, "Quality Awareness – An Imperative Need for Flourishing Knitwear Industry in India.," International Journal of Trade, Economics and Finance vol.1, no.3, pp. 309-314, 2010.