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BUFT Textile Club organizes workshop on ‘Build Your Career in AOP’

Fabric printing commonly known as All Over Printing (AOP), an amazingly growing sector of Bangladesh textile sector. Almost 100+ factories in Bangladesh are now applying the AOP technology and supplying aesthetic designed products home and abroad. Being one of the fastest growing sections in the overall textile sector, many students are interested in building their career heading to All Over Printing technology.

Prof. Dr. Engr. Ayub Nabi handing over the crest to the speaker Lalith Priyantha, General Manager at Metro Group.
Figure: Prof. Dr. Engr. Ayub Nabi handing over the crest to the speaker Lalith Priyantha, General Manager at Metro Group.

Undergraduate is the time when the students prepare themselves for their career ahead. Bangladeshi students also practice theoretical knowledge and practical application together by lab, thesis and internship facilities. Keeping the enthusiasm of the students of BGMEA University of Fashion and Technology (BUFT) on concern, a wonderful workshop on All Over Printing was arranged on October 24, 2022 conducted by Sri Lankan Trainer and printing expert Lalith Priyantha, currently General Manager at Metro Group. It was organized by BUFT Textile Club.

At the beginning, Lalith Priyantha gave a short introduction about the AOP sector. His main focus was to discuss the updated technology used and scopes for the students in this sector. Looking back in history, the printing technology came up from the cylinder seals to certify documents written in clay during 3500 BC.

Some other forms of printing were block seals, hammered coinage, pottery imprints, and cloth printing. Then the printing on clothes has gradually come this far today. Drastic changes through the technology, at present 3 types of printing technology have been used for a long time. They are: Block prints, Flatbed and Rotary technology. Depending on the cost and process various factories use these technologies. Overall, 28 types of fabrics can be printed in different processes according to their capability and fastness.

The flow chart of the Printing process can go like:

Design Discussion → Machine and print selection → Screen selection → Engraving → Color Selection → Print → Fixation.

In the printing industry a huge amount of waste is produced. These wastages can be monitored and prevented by lean manufacturing.

Here the concept of Innovation and Automation helps to understand the need and use the resources as productively as possible. Innovation is generating new things. Automation is making the innovations user friendly which minimizes human activities. So, whatever is being invented, a productive application is needed.

100+ students joined the workshop.
Figure 2: 100+ students joined the workshop.

Lastly Lalith Priyantha shared his valuable motivation to the students. He advised, “After completing your graduation, join a job and learn without any ego. Never stop learning be it related to your subject or other subject matter. Increase your knowledge as every step in our life has something to offer.”

“You are a graduate student so you know better. So, practice error proofing where you work. Help the team you work with. Help the process you are working on. Help and participate to overcome the shortcomings,” he also added.

A quiz contest was held and Kazi Sumaia Tahsin a final year student of Textile Engineering Dept. won a crest for best answer. The participants were also provided with the certificates.

The program ended by the inspiring speech of the chief guest Prof. Dr. Engr. Ayub Nabi Khan, Pro VC of BGMEA University of Fashion and Technology. The trainer was handed over a gift and a crest through the hands of Chief Guest, Prof. Dr. Engr. Abu Bakr Siddique, Dean of Textile Department; Farhana Afroz, Head of Textile Department; Md. Anwar Kamal, Advisor of BUFT Textile Club; Md. Raijul Islam, Lecturer at BGMEA University of Fashion and Technology. Farhana Afroz, Head of Textile Department gifted him on behalf of the University as a token of love and beautiful memory.

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