India’s textile industry is positioned at the cusp of a transformative journey and is well poised to shape the global textile landscape. With a rich heritage dating back centuries and a promising trajectory into the future, the industry’s evolution promises innovation, sustainability, traceability and global supply chain integration.
As the world’s largest producer of cotton, silk and jute and second largest producer of Chemical Fibres, backed by a strong value chain capability in textiles and garments, India has cemented its position as a reliable sourcing base for Global Brands/Retailers. Its diverse textile sector encompasses everything from traditional handlooms to modern, technologically advanced manufacturing units across all key segments including Textiles, Apparel, Home Textiles and Technical Textiles. However, the true essence of India’s textile industry lies in its ability to seamlessly blend sustainable fibres and tradition with innovation to attract Global players across various segments from luxury to mass-market products.
Looking ahead, the Indian textile industry is set to undergo a paradigm shift. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visionary 5F framework—Farm to Fibre to Factory to Fashion to Foreign—is the roadmap guiding this evolution. This holistic approach emphasizes the integration of every stage of production, from cultivating raw materials to presenting finished products on a global platform. The ‘Factory to Fashion’ facet emphasizes modernizing manufacturing processes, leveraging technology for efficiency and quality. Innovation and skill development play pivotal roles in catapulting Indian
textiles onto the global fashion scene.
India VS World
The Indian textile industry is gearing up to deliver a formidable challenge on the global stage in the years to come. With a potent blend of centuries-old craftsmanship, technological advancements, and a renewed focus on sustainability, India’s textiles are poised to captivate international markets. Its commitment to sustainability, coupled with its diverse product range, positions the country favourably amidst evolving consumer preferences worldwide. Indian textiles are increasingly being recognized for their uniqueness, quality, craftsmanship and ethically sourced raw materials, carving a niche in international markets.
Furthermore, the integration of digital technologies like AI, IoT, and blockchain is set to revolutionize the industry, enhancing transparency, supply chain efficiency, and customer experiences.
This USD 154 billion industry is one of the largest workforce employers in India and contributes 2.3% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). In recent years, the Indian government has introduced several schemes to bolster the growth of the Indian Textiles industry such as the Production Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme, National Technical Textiles Mission (NTTM) and SAMARTH Scheme that aim to enhance manufacturing competitiveness, create employment opportunities, and promote sustainable practices across the value chain.
The Indian government’s support through initiatives like the Amended Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme (ATUFS), the Scheme for Integrated Textile Parks (SITP) and the launch of Pradhan Mantri Mega Integrated Textile Region and Apparel Parks (PM MITRA Parks) have encouraged investments in infrastructure, technology, and skill development. These initiatives aim to fortify the entire textile value chain, from fibre to fashion.
Additionally, the NTTM seeks to position India as a global leader in technical textiles, opening up new avenues and applications across sectors like automobiles, infrastructure, logistics, healthcare and agriculture among others.
Government initiatives and campaigns like ‘Vocal for Local’, ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ and ‘Make in India Make for the World’ have empowered the MSMEs to scale their potential driving the growth of the Industry.
The Stage Is Set:
In addition to the above initiatives, a Consortium of 11 Export Promotion Councils (EPCs) supported by the Ministry of Textiles will be organising Bharat Tex 2024 – the largest global textile event to be held from 26 – 29 February 2024 in the newly launched venues of Bharat Mandapam and Yashobhoomi, New Delhi. This mega textile event functions as a blueprint, ensuring that every aspect of the textile value chain is represented with emphasis on Global quality and standards.
Embracing transformative technologies, sustainability, and skill development, the stage is set for India to become the leading global textile hub. The amalgamation of tradition with innovation and the focus on circularity and sustainability will not only shape the future of Indian textiles but also carve a distinctive global identity, resonating with the world’s evolving preferences.
India continues to harness its strengths in raw material cultivation, manufacturing, and design backed by government initiatives and a commitment to skill development, the trajectory for the textile sector appears exceptionally promising. The convergence of tradition and technology is poised to elevate India as a global textile manufacturing hub. The journey from yarn to yardage is promising, and India’s textile saga is poised to captivate the world with its vibrant threads of tradition, innovation, and sustainability.
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