Partner Universities


FTC is a biannual conference held at IIT Delhi, New Delhi, that brings leading scientists, researchers, designers, and the textile and apparel industry together, to enable exchanges on latest scientific findings, design developments, cutting edge technologies, innovations, trends, concerns, challenges, and opportunities in the field of Functional Textiles and Clothing. Three editions of FTC have been held in 2018, 2020 and 2023, each of which saw participation from nearly 80 universities across the world. Held only in the physical mode, FTC has proven to be a melting pot of ideas that provides fertile ground for networking between all stakeholders.

Functional Clothing comprises clothing that is designed to deliver specific functionalities to users, over and above their usual functions. Functional clothing items can be classified as Protective clothing, Sports clothing, Medical clothing, Vanity clothing and clothing for military applications that performs multiple functions. Smart clothing items equipped with sensors and processors for monitoring of body parameters are a fast growing segment of this market. The market for functional clothing is predicted to reach 244.6 billion U.S. dollars by 2025.

Functional clothing is driven by developments in the field of textile materials as well as apparel production processes. Conductive textiles, composites and membranes, new fabrics, surface functionalization techniques, innovative finishes and coatings and nanotechnology are the emerging areas. CAD CAM technologies including those for 3D and 4D body measurement, pattern design, fit testing and mass customization, clothing comfort, clothing for special groups and innovative fashion design are growing fields. Internet of things, artificial intelligence, deep learning and virtual reality tools are used to design clothing that is smart, responsive and closer to the needs of the user.

The last FTC edition, held in February 2023, welcomed over 225 delegates from 20 countries who presented nearly 150 research papers on a wide spectrum of topics. The conference attracted the support of the National Technical Textile Mission of the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India.

FTC is organised by IIT Delhi, a technology institute, in association with the World University of Design, a Design University to bring out the synergies between the fields of Technology & Design. IIT Delhi, the host institution is ranked #1 engineering institution of India. Its Department of Textile and Fibre Engineering is a leader in Textile Education & Research in the country. The World University of Design, Haryana, is India’s premier design university.

We extend a warm welcome to you to participate in the International conference on Functional Textiles and Clothing FTC 2025 at New Delhi.

Conference Highlights

The contests are specifically planned to encourage design, innovation and product development activities amongst students. The Poster Contest can have any innovative textile product developed by a student to be nominated. Functional Fashion contest focuses exclusively on innovative functional Clothing products. The entries will be evaluated on the basis of novelty, the problem being solved and design and viability of the proposed solution.

The Functional Clothing Contest (new)

Team FTC 2025 invites entries for the “Functional Clothing Contest” to be held as part of the 4th International Conference on Functional Textiles and Clothing FTC2025. This unique contest aims to showcase functional clothing on the catwalk for the first time...

Poster Contest
Poster abstracts are invited from students in different areas of functional textiles and clothing. The poster committee would evaluate them for scientific content, originality and presentation. Top three posters will receive a cash prize and a certificate. The decision of judges will be final and binding to all.



Full Paper Template   
(For those whose abstract has been accepted for full paper)

FTC 2025 Brochure   

Important Dates

Submission of Abstracts:
31st August 2024
Notification of Acceptance:
15th September 2024
Submission of Full Paper :
31st October 2024
Early Bird Registration:
30th November 2024
Last Date of Registration
(Authors and Presenters):
31st December 2024
Entries for Functional Clothing Contest:
15th September 2024

Selected papers from FTC 2025 conference will be published by Springer as a Proceedings book volume. Previous proceedings can be seen below

Book Publication by Springer (2023) Book Publication by Springer (2020)
Book Publication by Springer (2018)

Publishing Partner