Folk Fashion Designing – A Certificate Course at KUD

By Anusha

Folk Fashion Designing: Certificate Course at KUD


The Department of Folk Studies of Karnatak University Dharwad (KUD) has come up with new idea of launching certificate and diploma courses in Folk Fashion Designing. This proposal was approved on Friday at the KUD academic council meeting.

In a year's time, the course is expected to be launched. This will come into existence after the statutory formalities are completed.

V.L. Patil, Chairman of the Department, said that the department had aimed to introduce this new course with a border intention of protecting the rich folk costume and designing tradition and also to avoid the techniques of the villages from falling into the hands of outsiders.

Of late, the industries of fashion and interior designing have seen tremendous development. Those involved in this field have started to explore new ideas form folklore of India. The core concept of fashion designing has modified itself over the years and the folk tradition of India has found a placed in this sector.

Rich folk culture is a part of Karnataka, especially the northern districts of the state. People mastering the art of costume designing can be found in various communities in this region. Additionally, the people in this part of the state are experts in fabric material manufacturing, with minimal use of raw materials and waste materials. Lambani tribe for instance, has no match when it comes to the vibrant matching of colours and designing skills.

Another special material form north Karnataka is Kaudi (quilt). Patchwork quilts are made by women for their families using old sarees and scarps of clothes stitched together to make a Kaudi. This is a tradition of recycling and reusing. At present, the Kaudis are being exported as well.

The University will launch the certificate and diploma courses in folk fashion designing.


  • For certificate course, the minimum qualification is PUC.
  • For diploma course, the candidates must have a degree.

In north Karnataka, many girls in the villages and small towns discontinue studies after their PUC. Thus, the certificate course will aid them to learn fashion designing utilizing technology.

The core aim is to aid them to explore self-employment opportunists instead of hunting for jobs. The diploma holders will have the options of either joining fashion designing firms as folk designers or opting for self-employment, said Professor Patil.

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