India‚s first ever mega textiles trade fair Textile India that was recently held in Gandhinagar,
Gujarat ended on a grand note. Being one of the most awaited moments of the textile and apparel
industry, the event saw our dynamic PM, Shri Narendra Modi, inaugurating the exhibition. India’s
textile and apparel sector is finally enjoying a lot of attention that was missing for last few years.
The industry is a big magnet and the figures also indicate the same. If we talk about the domestic market of
India, for apparel and lifestyle products, it is expected to reach US$ 160 billion by 2025 from $85 billion
currently. Rising middle class, increasing global demand for textiles and apparel manufactured in our
country will give impetus to all these areas. India is the world‚s second largest exporter of textiles,
commanding a global share of around five percent. Indian textiles, including traditional handloom and
handicraft products, are exported to more than a hundred countries.
The fair was a perfect platform for the Indian textile and apparel sector to showcase its abundant potential at a platform that was missing for so many years. No doubt the collaboration of all 24 associations related to apparel, textiles, handicrafts, jute, silk, handlooms et al, under the Union Ministry for Textiles, along with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) as industry partner and aggressiveness of the Textile Ministry headed by dynamic Smt Smriti Irani left no stone untouched to make Textiles India a grand success. However, lack of clarity about petty issues like badge registration for exhibitors, long queues to get inside the halls, poor connectivity in the halls where the exhibition was held and absence of foreign buyers as per the expectation of visitors, heavy rains and unanticipated downturns dampened the entire concept of the exhibition. The event was one of those rare moments when leading players of the textile and apparel value chain were seen standing on the same ground for the very first time. It was a visual treat for the industry as many stalwarts were seen together. David Cummings, President, US Polo Association; Richard Heald, CEO, UK India Business Council; Sanjay Lalbhai, MD, Arvind Mills; Gautam Hari Singhania, Chairman and MD, Raymond; Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chairman, Aditya Birla Group and Kihak Sung, Chairman of Korea Federation of Textile Industries (KOFOTI), were among the high profile visitors at the exhibition. The Chief Minister of the host state, Gujarat, Shri Vijay Rupani said that Gujarat was fortunate to have got the opportunity to host Textiles India 2017. Shri Chandrababu Naidu complimented the Ministry of Textiles for organising the event, saying that the textiles sector will continue to survive for times to come.
Around 1,500 exhibitors and 20,000
participants, including 2,500 foreign
buyers and sellers, registered for the
event. There were participants from the
US, China, UK, Australia, Germany,
Bangladesh, South Korea, UAE and
Vietnam, among others. As many as 65
memorandums of understanding (MoU)
were signed on July 1.
Union ministers M. Venkaiah Naidu,
NitinGadkari, Ananth Kumar,
NirmalaSitharaman, Radha Mohan
Singh, Mahesh Sharma and Rajiv Pratap
Rudy were in attendance, as were the
chief ministers of the three partner
states-Andhra Pradesh, Assam and
Maharashtra. The event featured two fashion
shows as well. Symphony of Weaves,
curated by IMG Reliance, had 30
celebrated designers, including Manish
Arora and TarunTahiliani. The second
show featured garments from clusters
allotted to the country’s top designers to
revive weaving traditions and
strengthen the India Handloom Brand.
India is the third-largest supplier of
textiles to Latin America and the fourth
largest in readymade garments.
Synthetic textiles account for 70 per
cent of the world’s textile supply.
Experts say if India focuses on manmade
fibre, it could soon overtake
China. The crouching Indian tiger could yet slay the hidden dragon.
On the second day of India’s first-ever textile extravaganza — Textiles India 2017, participants discussed the future of textile industry, colour and design, along with what the future holds for India’s traditional handmade carpet industry as well as its tribal weaves. Eric Duchamp, Worldwide CEO, Peclers Paris, stated that India’s textile industry has the potential to double its current rate of growth. “There is a need for India to focus on strategic branding and style positioning in the textile industry,“ he said. “Branding is nothing but quality assurance and that a brand is all about functionality. Hence, it is important that availability, accessibility and assurance of quality are made priorities and worked upon,“ said Gaurav Mahajan, President (Apparel) of Raymond Group.
During a session on future of tribal weaves in India, the speakers spoke of the unique nature of the tribal weaves and how they were different from many of the traditional weaves found in other regions across the country. “Tribals are extremely good weavers, but due to their relative isolation, they don’t produce traditional designs,“ said MuktiGogoi, Commissioner and Secretary, Textile, Sericulture Department, Assam. The textile giants also discussed the prevailing and expected trends in the cotton sector. According to them, India produces very good quality of cotton but is sold at discounted prices because of certain contaminations. Therefore, there is a need to reduce the level of contaminations. Currently, only about 2.5 per cent of cotton was tested, they said. They noted that that cotton industries should understand the requirements and pay attention to the downstream process — towards the finishing levels.
Though handloom and textile were the focus of the Textile India Summit 2017, the stars of the grand fashion show were top-notch designers of the country. Sixty models were flown down for the show, where 30 designers participated along with 14 hair and make-up artists. The fashion presentation called ‘Symphony Of Weaves’ was based on the seven musical notes, and was divided into daywear and bridal looks. Curated by GautamKalra of IMG Reliance, each designer presented four ensembles on the runway.Designer who participated included Sabyasachi, Manish Malhotra, TarunTahiliani, Ritu Kumar, RakeshPratap, Sanjay Garg, Anavila and Gaurav Gupta - Delhi and Mumbai’s fashion glitterati. As for the workmanship that was displayed, the range included manipuri weaves, handloom wool by Rajesh Pratap Singh, Rahul Mishra and Gaurav Jai Gupta, craft like zardosi, upcycled and recycled fabrics by Abraham &Thakore and AmitAgarwal, banarasi weaves, patola by Rina Dhaka, among others. Hyderabad-based Gaurang Shah’s presentation was dedicated to weavers of Andhra Pradesh and their jamdani weaving inventiveness to create a whole new look to Khadi. Another show was Indian Handloom Show and the vision of the show was to present a story of the India Handloom brand initiative launched by Modi on National Handloom Day in 2015
•The textile industry is being infused with the mantras of ‚skill, scale, speed‚ & ‚zero-defect,
•Textile bridges the gap between agriculture and industry. Being the second largest employer after agriculture, the textile sector offers significant employment opportunities.
•Textiles India 2017 will help familiarise global and Indian leaders with India’s enabling policy environment, strengths and vast opportunities.
There is cotton and textile production in the
state, and the government now wants to promote
apparel manufacturing. Khadi has become a
fashion brand today, and this is entirely
attributable to Prime Minister Narendra Modi
who globe trots and promotes khadi. Citing an
example that a weaver has bagged orders for the
next 10 years, Naidu said there will be a
premium for all (Indian) skills in future.
Progressive and simple GST for entire textile
value chain will provide level playing field,
especially for those who are compliant. This
will push Indian textile industry to be more
competitive. This is expected to create 20
million jobs in the country.
The spindles capacity in the state has now
risen to 33 lakh. Gujarat contributes 38 per
cent to India’s total man-made fibre
production. The state also manufactures 25
per cent of the country’s technical textiles.
Smt. Irani said that Textiles India
2017 brings together textiles, traditions
and technology. She said it
complements the Prime Minister’s
desire to strengthen the entire Indian
textile value chain, comprising the
journey of Farm to Fibre, Fibre to
Fabric, Fabric to Fashion and Fashion to
Foreign. “It is a global platform, leading
to strategic partnerships, bringing
together leaders of the global supply
chain and unfolding a vision for the
growth and textile industry of India.”
Under PM’s vision INDIA HANDLOOM
BRAND was unveiled to develop high
value products with new designs
development goals. A special package for apparel and
made ups was also unveiled which will
boost exports to Rs. 1,94,000 cr and
attract investments of Rs. 74,000 cr.
To upgrade industry in terms of
technology, the corpus for technology
upgrading scheme released funds to the
tune of Rs. 17822 cr from the year 2015-
2022. To promote and boost North East
Textiles, 21 apparel manufacturing
centres to come up in one year. 19 textile
parks with an investment of Rs 64,000
cr is a testimony to Government role in
upgrading the sector from all aspects.
PM’s campaign of
‘Sabkasathsabkavikas’, which gives a
human face to development helps in
educating the children of weavers.
The forum is a great platform opens up new
opportunities for exchange of ideas and innovation.
Our Hon PM has given the opportunity to industry
to expand further. The domestic Indian textile and
apparel industry will double in size to 200 bn dollars
in next three to fouryears,India is the 7th largest
apparel exporter in world with 4% of total apparel
trade and textile exports are also expected to increase
by 21%. Our industry is an employment friendly sector
that has the ability to create 5000 jobs with every 100
cr invested in apparel sector. It has great potential in
creating employment as compared to other sectors like
steel and automobiles.
Our group has the capacity to manufacture 110 mnmetres of fabrics and 9million garments, we are on the verge of becoming top 5 suit manufacturers in the world. We are growing on retail front also with largest retail space in country with over 1000 stores. We have 30,000 people employed in system. We are inspired by Hon PM’s vision on MAKE IN INDIA, SKILL INDIA AND KHADI FOR FASHION and working on the same too. We are coming up with new Greenfield project in Amravati which will have the capacity to produce 4mn metres of fabric in the first phase. This project has been the fastest, from MOU to land everything went on fast. The plant, when completed by this year-end, will employ 8,000 workers and produce linen, cotton shirting, denim and garmenting. It is likely to be commissioned by the year-end. Spread across 500 acres, the project is in line with our strategy to expand the cotton textile manufacturing footprint by creating world-class linen, cotton shirting, denim and garmenting at the newly created Textile Park in Amravati We will work towards positioning Khadi as fabric of nation, will work upon women in rural India, bringing more design innovations, entailing new partnerships for Khadi and bring out skilled tailors every year.
We are in the business from last 25 years; our office is in Delhi and we have seen a mixed response here. We deal in western dresses, plazokurtis, leggings, blouses, etc. Our price range varies from US$ 2 TO US$ 6. The fair should be in Delhi next time onwards.
We have been in the industry for many years. We mainly manufacture fabrics. Quality of product and delivery on time is our USP. We have received an average response.
We are in the Industry for the last 21 years; our head office is in Bangalore. We deal mainly in men’s wear in both formals and casuals and our starting price is Rs. 750. The response is dull.
We are in the industry for the last 17 years; we are in the domestic market supply and in exports. We deal only in shirts made in 100% cotton. We have really liked the exhibition and would suggest it should be held repeatedly.
We are a Tamil Naidu-based company and we deal in 100% cotton fabrics. We sell fabrics from Rs. 30/metre to Rs. 80/ metre. Since we are manufacturers, we provide a high quality of product and good pricing.
We are into textile industry for the last three years and have presence in Europe and other countries. We deal in resort and beach wear. The response has been good.