The Institute of Fashion Technology Kerala (IFTK) is established by the Government of Kerala in technical collaboration with the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Ministry of Textiles, Government of India. IFTK has been set up under the aegis of Centre for Continuing Education Kerala (CCEK), with the intention of developing professionals for taking up leadership positions in fashion business in the emerging global scenario.

The Fashion industry in India is mainly driven by growing exposure of  domestic designers at International forums, but growth is also supported by another important factor, focused fashion education courses for the emerging designers. Today fashion industry, like many other global industries engage special designing techniques, production methods, marketing & IT tools, it demands specially trained peoples for these. Courses designed and delivered at IFTK, located at the beautiful surroundings of Vellimon, Kundara, Kollam District, Kerala, fulfills these demands through its professionally managed campus. Institute of Fashion Technology Kerala is the first of its kind in Kerala established by the Government of Kerala. The Institute aims at providing a common platform for fashion education, research and training.

Apart from providing one of the basic necessities of life, the textile and clothing industry also plays a pivotal role through its contribution to industrial output, employment generation, and the export earnings of the country. Currently, it contributes about 14 percent to industrial production, 4 per cent to the GDP, and 13.50 percent to the country's export earnings. It provides direct employment to over 35 million people, which includes a substantial number of SC/ST, and women. The Textiles sector is the second largest provider of employment after agriculture. Thus, the growth and all round development of this industry has a direct bearing on the improvement of the economy of the nation.