INDIAsize- A National Sizing Survey by NIFT

The National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), New Delhi, will conduct a National Sizing Survey ‘INDIAsize’,  to develop a comprehensive size chart for ready-to-wear industry based on the body measurements of the Indian population.

  • NIFT is the implementing agency for the National Sizing Survey.
  • It is a scientific exercise where anthropometric data will be collected from a sample population in the age group 15 to 65 years to create a database of measurements that will result in a standardized size chart which is representative of the Indian population and can be adopted by the apparel industry.
  • Why: A large percentage of shoppers face difficulty in finding clothes that fit perfectly according to their body measurements.
  • The reason is differences in anthropometric built of people in different geographical regions across the country.
  • Survey in other countries: Till date 14 countries have successfully completed national sizing surveys: USA, Canada, Mexico, UK, France, Spain, Germany, Korea, China and Australia. The surveys entail measuring statistically relevant sample size pan country using human safe technology of 3D whole body scanner, a non-contact method of taking body measurements and analyzing the collected data to create size charts.
  • Utilities:  Indian apparel industry uses size charts which are tweaked versions of size charts of other countries so returns of the garments are in the range of 20% to 40% and is increasing with the growth of e-commerce and the main reason for returns are poor garment fit.
  • Providing well fitting garments in the absence of standardized size chart is proving to be a big challenge for the domestic textile and apparel industry which is projected to reach USD 123 billion by 2021 and holds 5thposition in apparel imports.
  • The findings of the study will impact various other sectors like automotive, aerospace, fitness and sport, art and computer gaming where insights from this data can produce ergonomically designed products which are suited for the Indian population.
  •  Where: The project has been approved by the Govt. of India and will entail measuring of 25,000 male and female Indians in 6 cities in 6 regions of the country: Kolkata(East), Mumbai(West), New Delhi(North), Hyderabad(Central India), Bengaluru(South) and Shillong (North-East). Using 3D whole body scanners, computers will extract hundreds of measurements from a scan. The data created as part of this project will be confidential and secure. The duration of the project will be around two years from the date of commencement.

About NIFT

  • National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), set up in 1986 in Delhi,  is the pioneering institute of fashion education in the country and has been in the vanguard of providing professional human resource to the textile and apparel industry.
  • It was made a statutory institute in 2006 by an Act of the Indian Parliament with the President of India as ‘Visitor’ and has full fledged campuses all across the country.
  • Over the years NIFT has also been working as a knowledge service provider to the Union and State governments in the area of design development and positioning of handlooms and handicrafts. 



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