What is a Techpack and what should it contain?*
As promised in a recent blog post, I am continuing my series on importing clothing from China. Having clothing manufactured anywhere requires complete and clear cut instructions. In this business, everything that a garment supplier needs to know about your item, should be contained in a techpack. A techpack is something you should always have with you, like you would a handbook for your car. Here’s how one source defines it:
“A tech pack is an informative sheet that designers create to communicate with a manufacturer all the necessary components needed to construct a product. Typically designers will include measurements, materials, colors, trim, hardware, grading, labels, tags, etc. Any crucial aspect of your design needs to be described in your tech pack. The more detailed a tech pack is, the less room there is for error.”*
Now that we have our definition down, it’s time to discuss what a techpack should contain.
- Fabric specifications
Fabric specs include composition, weight, yarn count, yarn type, colors, treatment, and coating. A fabric’s composition involves the type of materials used in constructing the product. You should be familiar with these as fabric specs are generally indicated in a label stitched onto the garment. An example would be a label showing that the fabric used is 60% cotton and 40% polyester.
Fabric specifications could be based on existing fabric standards, or an OEM specification, which stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer specification. An OEM is a company whose fabrics are used by a garment producer, who then adds value to the product by turning the fabric into clothing.
The next fabric attribute to consider is weight. Perhaps contrary to what most might expect, many fabrics are sold by weight rather than length. Then there is the yarn count which is a numerical value that tells you how coarse or fine a yarn is. The yarn count accounts for the relationship between weight and length, or the mass per unit length of the yarn. The coarseness or fineness of the yarn correspondingly provides the same texture qualities to the fabric.
The yarn type should not be as mysterious, even to people still thinking of venturing into garment importing from China. Yarn types include cotton, cashmere, wool, angora, polyester and many more. Treatments refer to the kind of finishes a fabric would have. Finally, coated fabrics are generally used for making fabrics thicker and sturdier. They are generally used for aerospace materials, automotive accessories, sleeping bags, blankets, batts and many more.
- Bill of Materials
The bill of materials in your techpack contains the other components involved in the assembly of a complete piece of garment. These pertain to parts of a garment other than the fabric like buttons, zippers, Velcro, etc. It is important not to confuse this with our last category, logos, which we will discuss in a future post.
That’s all we have space for. Watch out for my next post, where I will continue with the other details you need to put in your techpack.
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*Sources: Maker’s Row and China Importal