Clothing & Textiles

Clothing & Textiles is about the design, manufacture and marketing of clothing and footwear and other textile products.

Studying in this area includes learning about fabrics and other materials and about weaving, dyeing, printing, pattern-making, sewing, washing, etc.

This area is also about the history, sociology and economics of clothing and textiles, as well as their characteristics and functions.

NZ university majors related to this area

Though in the same subject area, they may be very different.

Did you know?

The earliest evidence of humans making clothes are sewing needles of ivory and bone from about 30,000 BC. These were found near Kostenki, Russia in 1988.

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!).

  • Clothing designer
  • Textiles designer
  • Clothing producer
  • Fashion and textiles buyer or merchandiser
  • Fashion production manager
  • Workroom assistant
  • Fashion writer
  • Fashion magazine editor
  • Apparel analyst
  • Garment technician
  • Materials conservator
  • Museum worker
  • Fabric technologist
  • Product evaluator
  • Merchandiser
  • Product development technologist
  • Technology teacher
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects

Income

128% of national
median earnings


Employment

75%
Employed
3%
Unemployed
11%
Further study
11%
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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