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♦Textile India 2017, A Mega Platform Created

♦Pm Narendra Modi Inagurates the Show

♦New Alliances, Mou’s, Announcements: Usp

♦Craftsmanship of India Highlighted

♦Show Concludes Amidst Confusion, Heavy Rains & Post Gst Mood Swings

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.

Fashion Shows Depict India’s Inherited Craftsmanship with contemporary Twist

Sustainable Fashion & Reviving India’s art the USP of Fashion Shows

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

(Excerpts from the speech of Hon PM, Narendra Modi)

•The textile industry is being infused with the mantras of ‚skill, scale, speed‚ & ‚zero-defect, zero-effect’.

•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.

•More than seven thousand reforms have been implemented to improve the ease of doing business. Processes have been simplified and made transparent. Government has repealed over twelve hundred outdated laws.

•The time has now come for us to concentrate on export of textiles in a big way. India is a country with diverse culture, fashion and traditions. This diversity is clearly reflected in the (variety of) clothing culture present in different regions.

•We should catalogue and map our clothing diversity and clearly earmark strengths and specialities of each state or region. Each state should appoint nodal officers dedicated to a few well-known products, who would facilitate producers and traders across the value chain.

•Intervention should start from production level right through to the export of garments and should meet specific requirements of domestic as well as export markets.

•We should formulate an action plan to study and map the requirements of people in large global markets and monitor new trends in fashion and textiles in these areas on a real time basis.

•Innovation and research in textiles should be the focus for the industry to grow and tap new markets.

•India has emerged as one of the most attractive global investment destinations. This has been made possible by a series of sustained policy initiatives.

•India has moved up by 32 places in the last two years in the Global Competitiveness Index of the World Economic Forum. This is the highest for any country. India moved up 19 places on the World Bank Logistics Performance Index of 2016.

•We are third among the top ten FDI destinations listed by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.

•We have one of the most liberal investment policies for foreign investment in the textile and apparel sector. We allow 100 percent FDI through automatic route in textile and apparel sector.

•Efforts should be made to innovate in organic products that are growing day by day. Apart from cotton and jute, we have fabrics made from banana and bamboo fibre. Thus there is a need for further research to develop fabric from other sources which will help establish India as a valued partner for countries seeking growth and investment opportunities in the textile sector.

(Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu)

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.

(Sanjay Lalbhai, CMD, Arvind Mills)

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.

(Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani)

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.

Smriti Irani Highlights Vision & Objectives Textile India, 2017

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 complementing sustainable 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.

(Gautam Hari Singhania, CMD, Raymond Group Shares Expansion Plans & Potential of Textile Sector in Coming Times at Textiles India)

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.

(Sanjay Batra, Amazing Olio Range, Delhi)

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.

(P.A Krishnan, MJF, (M.D), Shree Krishna Textiles, Erode)

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.

(Vikram, Minto Clothing Company, Bangalore)

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.

(Mukesh Jain, Call In France)

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.

(V.P Subramaniyan (M.D), SreeJagajothi Exports)

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.

(Ranjan, (CEO), V.S Associates)

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.

((L-R) Uday Kumar Agarwal, Anaadih Vincom Pvt Ltd. with Pradeep Arora from Cotton Casuals (India) Pvt Ltd)

(At Left Ashok Sarda, Vice President, Zydex Industries with his colleague at their stall)

((L-R) Harsh Shah, Arvind Shah and Dhruv Shah from Shahlon Industries at their stall posing for Perfect Sourcing)

(At Centre Kailash Chandak, GM - Sales, Ramkrishna Jhanwar Group with his Colleague at their stall)