Embroidery, knitting, weaving, lace making, felting and Posamentieren those were the old skills that are bundled in the new professional textile designers can learn.

Giant is big interest in this profession, Christiane Reuter says the Federal Institute for Vocational Training (BIBB). But the training regulations for the textile niche professions Stickers, knitters, weavers, felt maker, and Loop Maker Kloppler were out of date and the opportunities to secure a living, decreased steadily.

“It would be a shame if the old techniques were lost,” says Annemarie Stickers Champion Jaeschke. Your profession is due to the fact that the BiBB the new concept has been addressed. Since 1 August 2011 it is now the education profession textile designer / in the trades. He sees an apprenticeship of three years ago with the opportunity to create differentiation in the fields. “We hope that there is this new training regulations for a revival of the textile trades,” said Jaeschke, who has trained in their flags embroidered with 15 employees since 1978, about 50 embroiderers. Even at present, two young women in her study, both the manual and the machine embroidery. Very fresh while Eva-Maria is Langreiter. Under the Occupation “flags embroidery” she could only think of anything, but after an internship with Anne Marie Jaeschke, she was enthusiastic: “I like that you can see, as in our own hands, something arises.” A little bit of the 15-year-old fears, however, from the vocational school. For to this end she has to go 500 kilometers distant Munchberg. There is the federal class for textile designers – with integrated boarding.


Nationwide, only a vocational school

For Bavarian student tuition and housing are there for free, students from other states must pay for these services. Above all, it sees the chief executive of the Chamber of Dusseldorf, Dr. Axel Fuhrmann, a problem. For the apprentice fees are insufficient to pay the cost. But there have been too few training companies nationwide to set up more specialized vocational schools. A pragmatic solution is characterized as of yet: Outside of Bavaria can press the budding textile designers together with tailors and milliners trainees to school.

“It must be owned textile to begin training as a textile designer, says Joerg Weber Ballnath. He would try it only on this basic requirement with an internship. His professional colleague Beate ax called as further criteria patience, manual dexterity, sense of color and strength to the loom. Because even set up the loom was an hour-long process with many levels of control. The master weaver presents itself again and again the question of what to put in this “slow” craft at all of what is in the fast pace of fashion is “in”. She also laments the lack of appreciation for hand-woven fabrics. Life can be inferred from this work only if you stay in the high-price segment.

New chance for old textile techniques

Despite all the critical assessments are found in the textile trades, many people who are passionate about what they create (s). “I would hope that as many young people share their enthusiasm,” says Beate ax. The BiBB sees the redesign of training regulations, the opportunity to preserve old culture techniques. “It is also expected that new training courses can be obtained, since the new training strategy includes a range of future career, and permanently improve the employment prospects in the labor market can be achieved,” says an internal document from it. To stimulate interest in this profession among young amateur hand workers, or even among young people in vocational orientation phase, the Federal Institute for Vocational Education of 14 to 18 March 2012 in Dortmund at the “Creativa” be present with an information booth. “We have to show our concern, that is to learn this beautiful craft techniques, a high-level training,” says Christiane Reuter.