Wool and Woolen

Wool and Woolen Textile Industry in India

Last Updated: March, 2015


The Indian wool and woollen textile industry is the seventh-largest in the world. The industry employed 2.7 million people in 2010-11. The main woollen items producing states of India are Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttrakhand, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Punjab alone accounts for 40 per cent woollen units, while Haryana 27 per cent, Rajasthan for 10 per cent and the rest of the states account for the remaining 23 per cent.

India produced 46.4 million kg of indigenous raw wool during 2013-14. 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 2013-14, wool exports (including wool yarn, fabrics, made-ups and readymade garments of wool) stood at US$ 2,326 million.
  • The US and the EU are the major importers of Indian wool and wool-blended products. In 2013-14, the US (US$ 33 million) was the largest market for India woollen yarn, fabrics and made-ups, followed by Germany (US$ 8.9 million) and UK (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.

The exports of wool and wool blended products witnessed an increase of 11 per cent in FY 2014-15.

Ministry of Textile


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