Trade Analytics

Apparel Industry in India

Last Updated: November, 2016

Introduction

Indian textiles and apparels have a history of fine craftsmanship and global appeal. Cotton, silk and denim from India are highly popular abroad, and with the upsurge in Indian design talent, Indian apparel too has found success in the fashion centres of the world. 

India is the world's second-largest producer of textiles and apparels, with a massive raw material and manufacturing base. The industry is a significant contributor to the economy, both in terms of its domestic share and exports. It contributes about 14 per cent to industrial production, 4 per cent to the GDP and around 15 per cent to the country's total export earnings. The sector is the second largest employment provider in the country, employing about 51 million people directly and 68 million people indirectly in FY 2015-16.

Export highlights

  • Textile exports from India stood at US$ 40 billion in FY 2015-16, contributing 15 per cent to the total export earnings of the country.
  • India is the largest cotton producer in the world (5,984 million kg production in FY 2015-16)
  • It is the second largest producer of manmade fibre and filament in the world (2,511 million kg production in FY 2015-16)
  • Fibre production in the country stood at 9 million tonnes (MT) in FY 2015-16, and is expected to touch 10 MT by FY 2017-18.
  • Fabric production in the country stood at 66 billion sq mts in FY 2015-16, and is expected to 69 billion sq mts by FY 2017-18
  • Main markets for Indian textile and apparel exports are:
    • The US
    • European Union 
    • Parts of Asia
    • Middle East
  • In the future, India’s apparel exports are expected to increase considerably. Total exports of textiles and apparel are expected to touch US$ 82 billion by 2021.

APPAREL EXPORT PROMOTION COUNCIL

The Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) is the official body of apparel exporters that provides assistance to Indian exporters as well as to importers/international buyers choosing India as their preferred destination for sourcing garments. 

Textile exports from India stood at US$ 40 billion in FY 2015-16, contributing 15 per cent to the total export earnings of the country

Source: Ministry of Commerce

Total exports for apparels and clothing accessories(knitted), stood at US$ 7.65 billion, growing by 15 per cent Y-o-Y during FY 2014-15

Source:
Ministry of Commerce

APPAREL E-BROCHURE

Other Export Promotion Councils:

Disclaimer: This information has been collected through secondary research and IBEF is not responsible for any errors in the same.

AEPC

Apparel House, Institutional Area
Sector - 44,
Gurgaon - 122003,
Haryana,
India

Tel.: +91-124-2708000/ 03
Fax: +91-124-2708004
Email: chairman@aepcindia.com
Website: www.aepcindia.com

Total exports for apparels and clothing accessories(knitted), stood at US$ 7.65 billion, growing by 15 per cent Y-o-Y during FY 2014-15

Source:
Ministry of Commerce

Exports

Apparel