Projects Under Implementation

Development of New Design Software (Naksh-e-Kaleen)

  • With a view to address technical and compatibility issues of existing Design Software, a new Design Package is being developed by the Institute through National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT), Srinagar. This Design Package shall have following special features:
  • It shall be compatible with all kinds of Softwares and Hardwares which in turn is expected to improve its overall functioning.
  • It shall have additional tools, commands and options which shall increase the efficiency of Designers/Users by 40 to 50 percent.
  • Font size of Design Script/Taleem codes can be changed as per the requirement which shall minimize manual errors during the carpet weaving as the weavers would be able to clearly see/view the coded pattern for mending knots.
  • Multiuser login facility with access control mechanism by way of registered IDs or Keys with absolutely no limitation of Users.
  • The Institute shall be able to provide access of Design Software to all registered users through IDs/Passwords in any part of Jammu & Kashmir.
  • It shall be able to generate design scripts (set of coded instructions) in three different formats namely, traditional Taleem, traditional colour code with numeric and coloured numeric so that design script is readable to all.
    • The Design Package is expected to be ready in all respects by end of December 2023./span>

    Setting up of Common Facility Center (CFC) for Dyeing of Raw Material

    • The Institute has set up a Common Facility Centre for Yarn Dyeing, first of its kind in Jammu and Kashmir, for the purpose of dyeing of different types of raw materials used in Handicrafts and Handloom sector, under controlled conditions.
    • The Common Facility Centre has requisite Plant and Machinery, such as, Dyeing Machines with different capacities ranging from 5 to 20 Kgs, for dyeing of silk yarn, woolen yarn, cotton yarn and fabrics, Water Softening Plant, Dryers, Hydro-extractors, and Boilers etc. along with Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP) with Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD).
    • This Dye House has the daily capacity to dye 260 kgs of Silk, Woolen, Cotton & Viscose yarn in the hank form along with small quantity of Pashmina and other fabrics. The dyes which will be used in the facility shall be 100% azo-free, as per National/ international standards. Besides, CFC shall also provide Natural dyeing facility through Soft Flow dyeing machine for pashmina yarn as well.
    • The above facility shall be made operational in the first week of January 2024.

    Utilization of Locally Available Natural Resources for Natural Dyeing

    • The Institute, in association with National Institute of Natural Fibre Engineering and Technology (NINFET), Kolkata, West Bengal, has undertaken a research project on Utilization of locally available natural resources for the purpose of natural dyeing of different types of raw materials such as Silk and Woolen Yarn along with Pashmina Shawls and other fabrics used in Handicrafts and Handloom sector.
    • After finalization of complete protocol of ten locally available sources namely, Pine Needles, Chinar Leaves, Cock's Comb Flower, Deodar Leaves, Walnut Hull, Almond Hull, Dal Weeds, Tulip Waste and Amaranthus Leaves Green, Amaranthus Leaves Red, in respect of their identification, extraction, purification, storage along with method of their application, number of shades from these natural sources were developed on wool, silk and pashmina.
    • It is pertinent to mention here that this is the first research project in the country wherein such number of natural sources from the same region have been identified/analyzed for the purpose of natural dyeing.
    • With a view to share the findings/outcome of the project with the concerned stakeholders, a Workshop on the complete process of natural dyeing with locally available natural sources is scheduled to be held at the Institute in the 2nd week of January 2024 so that the people associated with the sector would be in a position to dye their raw materials with identified shades by using locally available sources.

    Short Term Training Programmes (STTPs)

    • Central Wool Development Board (CWDB), Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India, the Funding Agency, has approved a proposal of this Institute for conducting Short Term Training Programmes for manufacturing/weaving of woolen carpets.
    • Under the training programmes, 08 batches, each of 03 months duration, with intake capacity of 15 candidates per batch, are to be conducted. The training of 04 batches, comprising of 60 candidates, has been completed and the training of two separate batches in in progress at the Institute.
    • Monthly stipend of Rs. 3750 per candidate is being paid to each beneficiary through PFMS (DBT Mode) during the period of their training at the Institute.
    • New contemporary/modern designs have been created/developed by the concerned Design Consultants under the project and the same have been introduced to promote woolen carpets in the industry.

    Setting up of Micro Carpet Cluster in Kupwara District

    • National Backward Classes Finance & Development Corporation (NBCFDC), Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt. of India, under its Technology Up-gradation of Cluster Scheme, has provided requisite infrastructural and handholding support to concerned beneficiaries falling Backward Class/Economically Backward Class Categories so that they can work independently for earning their livelihood from the activity of carpet weaving.
    • The implementation of the scheme is in progress Khanpora area of Kupwara District wherein 20 female carpet weavers at each place, falling under the target group, are working in Micro Carpet Production Centers.
    • Under this project, in addition to Skill Up-gradation training on Silk Carpet weaving, 05 Modern Carpet Looms alongwith Sitting Benches, Raw Material, Working Tools and other necessary accessories/items have already been provided to concerned beneficiaries. For providing better working conditions to the concerned beneficiaries, adequate space/accommodation, whose monthly rentals for a period of 03 years shall be paid under the project, has also been made available to the group. Further, the Institute has made necessary tie-up with one leading Carpet Exporter who is directly providing work to this group on mutually agreed terms and conditions and all the members of the group are being paid by the concerned exporter on monthly basis, as per their production.

    NABL Accreditation of Testing Laboratory

    • In order to give due credibility and recognition to testing facility being provided by the testing laboratory of the Institute, it was felt necessary to go for its formal Accreditation through National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL), the Competent Authority.
    • This initiative is expected to ensure that all the tests are carried out in a systematic manner in line with the international quality standards after following proper Quality Management System so that there is no scope of any error.
    • Necessary work as per NABL guidelines, which include prepration of quality manual (ISO 17025:2017), Quality Operation Procedure (ISO 17025:2017) Scope of Work of Laboratory followed by calibration of all testing equipments and proficiency test of the laboratory through NABL Accredited Laboratory was completed.
    • Application for Accreditation was submitted through online mode to Accreditation Body of the country (NABL). After examining all the documents, as per standard procedure, couple of non-conformances were raised by the concerned Auditor of NABL and necessary corrective actions were taken and after reviewing the same, these NC's were closed by the Accreditation Body.
    • External Audit/Assessment of the Testing Laboratory was conducted by the Experts nominated by NABL. The experts during their audit/inspection raised as many as 19 non conformances and the Institute was directed to take necessary action immediately and get the NC's closed within a period of one month.
    • External Audit/Assessment of the Testing Laboratory was conducted by the Experts nominated by NABL. The experts during their audit/inspection raised as many as 19 non conformances and the Institute was directed to take necessary action immediately and get the NC's closed within a period of one month. Pursuant to which , action taken report was submitted through online mode to the Accreditation Board and all the non-conformities were closed. Accordingly, prescribed fee for NABL Accreditation has just been deposited and the certificate of NABL Accreditation of Testing laboratory of this Institute has been issued in December of 2023.