Industrial Exposure for FDDI, Hyderabad students in Footwear Making Units
On 13th November 2021, the Design & Production Elective specialization students of Footwear Design & Development Institute (FDDI), Hyderabad campus were provided industrial exposure in footwear making units.
Under the supervision and guidance of faculty of FDDI School of Footwear Design & Production (FSFDP), the students, in the first half visited Paragon Polymers Products Private Limited, located in Patancheru and in the second half visited Oblum Shoes Studio located in Kavuri Hills, Hyderabad.
The students visited the Paragon-B footwear unit spread over 16 acres covering a large area making non- leather (upper & assembly). They got an exposure of production and bottoming techniques of PU and EVA soles and DIP (Direct Injection Process). During the visit, Mr. Sreejith Nair, General Manager, Hyderabad Division & his team briefed them about the sequence of operations used by the company for sandal making and safety shoes. Later on, the students also visited its unit C., where the students were given a practical demonstration of how the soles are made from polymer-based raw materials. The students also had an interaction session with the HR, Production Manager, Designer and other front-office executives where their queries were clarified.
In the second half, they visited Oblum Shoes Studio - a hand-made footwear brand located at Kavuri Hills, Hyderabad where they met the shoemaker, Mr. Tarun Oblum who makes leather shoes using hand tools.
Carefully crafted and boasting the highest level of elegance, its designs include penny loafers, brogues and lace-ups, in various shiny patinas and various skin tones. The students also got an opportunity to analyze the steps involved in hand made shoe(Good year welted) manufacturing & the working methods.
The purpose of this industrial exhibit was to provide students with an exposure to understand the work environment and the various functional areas in the production of non-leather footwear and the handmade footwear making.