The Indian wool and woollen textile industry is the seventh-largest in the world. The industry employed 2.7 million people in 2010-11. Rajasthan is the largest producer of wool, accounting for approximately 29 per cent of total production, followed by Karnataka at 17 per cent and Jammu & Kashmir as the third-largest contributor accounting for approximately 16 per cent share of total production.
India produced 44.7 million kg of indigenous raw wool during 2011-12. Out of the total indigenous raw wool production, only 5 per cent is apparel grade, while 10 per cent is coarse grade. The remaining 85 per cent is used for carpet manufacturing, which is a major source of export earnings.
Key Markets and Export Destinations
- In 2011-12, wool exports (including wool yarn, fabrics, made-ups and readymade garments of wool) stood at US$ 508 million
- The ratio of exports of wool yarn, fabrics and made-ups to woollen readymade garments was approximately 30:70 in 2011-12
- The US and the EU are the major importers of Indian wool and wool-blended products. In 2010-11, the UK (US$ 14.4 million) was the largest market for India woollen yarn, fabrics and made-ups, followed by Italy (US$ 11.3 million) and Dominican Republic (US$ 5.7 million)
Wool & Woollens Export Promotion Council
The Wool & Woollens Export Promotion Council (WWEPC) participates in various international trade fairs and exhibitions, and facilitates member visits and trade delegations, etc.
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