India - Knitting the future

India is among the world's largest producers of Textiles and garments.

Domestic Textile and apparel industry contributes 2% to India’s GDP and accounts for 14% of industrial production, 27% of the country’s foreign exchange inflows and 13% of country’s export earnings. The Textiles & garments industry in India that employs 45 mn people in India is the second only to agriculture sector in terms of employment.

  • FDI in the Textiles & garments industry has more than doubled to $ 618.9 mn during 2016-17 from $ 230.1 mn, a year ago
  • Exports in the Textiles & garments industry are expected to reach $ 300 bn by 2024

For further details, please refer FDI Policy

  • 10 %

    Expected sector CAGR (2016-2021)

  • 2 %

    Share in India's GDP

  • 15 %

    Textile exports share in overall exports

  • 45 mn

    Employment generated


Largest producer of cotton & jute in the world


Second largest producer of polyester, silk & fibre in the world

Apparel Industry in India

Second largest employment provider in India

Industry Scenario

Textile & garments industry in India is expected to reach $ 223 bn by 2021 from $ 137 bn in 2016.

The Textile & garments industry in India is highly diversified with a wide range of segments ranging from products of traditional handloom, handicrafts, wool and silk products to the organized textile industry. The organized textile industry is characterized by the use of capital-intensive technology for mass production of textile products and includes spinning, weaving, processing, apparel, and garment.

The domestic Textile & garments industry stood at $ 137 bn in 2016, witnessing a growth of 27% from a year ago. Out of $ 137 bn, textile worth $ 97 bn was domestically consumed while the remaining portion worth $ 40 was exported to the world market.

Further, the domestic consumption of $ 97 bn was divided into household consumption at $ 83 bn and the technical textiles at $ 14 bn. While exports comprised of textile exports at $ 23 bn and apparel exports at $ 17 bn. India also meets the needs of 9% of the world’s total consumption of technical textiles.

Growth Drivers

  • Rising per capita income

    Higher disposable incomes & preferences for brands
  • Organized retail landscape & e-Commerce

    India is the 5th largest global destination in the world for retail
  • Favourable demographic trends

    Contribute to the growth potential of textiles sector in India
  • Changing lifestyles

    Increasing demand for quality is set to fuel the need for apparel
  • Open

    Amended Technology Upgradation Fund Sche…

    It aims to promote ease of doing business and achieve  the v…

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    Guidelines of Yarn Supply Scheme

    Guidelines for the supply of yarn in different regions, and…

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    Integrated Skill Development Scheme (ISD…

    The ISDS has been scaled up during the 12th Plan with an all…

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    Merchandise Exports from India Scheme (M…

    To rationalize incentives & enlarge their scopes by remo…

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    Scheme for Integrated Textile Parks (SIT…

    It aims to provide the industry with worldclass state of the…

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    Special package for textiles

    The Union Cabinet under the chairmanship of Prime Minister N…

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    Technology Mission for Technical Textile…

    Ministry of Textiles launched its 5 year technology mission…

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    Vision, Strategy and Action Plan for Ind…

    To achieve scale across the value chain & attract invest…

Investible Projects

Investment Opportunities in Textiles & Garments

  • Projects


  • Opportunity

    $426.33 mn

  • Promoters


  • District


  • Private Projects


  • Govt. Projects



$286.16 mn

Bhadrak Textile Park [Bhadrak]

State (s) Odisha

$72.61 mn

Textile Processing Project [Cuddalore]

State (s) Tamil Nadu

$30.5 mn

Development of Garment Park at Bhatauli , Jabalpur

State (s) Madhya Pradesh

$21.78 mn

Cotton Yarn Project [Sindhudurg]

State (s) Maharashtra

Major Investors

Data on Map

  • Textile Industry
  • Indian Textile
  • Handloom Industry

Latest in Textiles & Garments


Asked Questions

  • Is ISO 9000 standards mandatory to the industry?

    No, however, in the coming days, non-existence of certified quality systems would probably be treated as a trade barrier not because of any Government regulations but through the customers, who are having the wide choice in selecting their suppliers for getting consistent quality. It also demonstrates the intent for continuous improvement in the overall business function.

  • What are the main objectives of the Market Intelligence in Textiles?

    The main objectives of MIT are:

    1)  Provide Real-time Database for the Policy, Industry and Trade (Country level, product level).
    2)  Suggest remedial measures/ information on change in business environment in domestic segment.
    3) Augmenting Market Information for export competitiveness and policy.  

  • What are the new activities initiated by the department?

    Recently, the Market Research Department has initiated lot of activities to strengthen the exports of our country through Market Intelligence in Textiles (MIT). A comprehensive database on different segments of the textile industry will be carried out to provide handholding support to the exporting fraternity of the country as well as the policy makers.
    This Database will provide macro level information on all sectors of the T&C on Production, Domestic Demand, Export & Import, Price & its Mechanism, Competitiveness & Competitors, Cost benchmarking, Government Policy Mechanism, Tax Structure, RTAs/PTAs, Infrastructure and Other related issues to the industry stakeholders and policy makers.
    Besides this, the department is spearheading the facilitation of protection of traditional and unique textile products under GI Act.

  • What is Market Research Department in Textile Committee?

    Market Research Department is one of the functional departments of the Textiles Committee dealing with the activities of Textile Economic Research. As mandated in the Textiles Committee Act, the Department is carrying out textile economic research.

  • What is ISO 9000 and for whom it is applicable?

    International Organization for Standardization evolved ISO 9000 series of standards in 1987. These are quality assurance system standards. First revision came in July 1994 and second revision on 15 December 2000. Henceforth, there will be only one standard i.e. ISO-9001:2000. These standards are customer oriented and focus on customer satisfaction by fulfilling the customers’ requirements. These are applicable to any manufacturing or servicing organization. Hence, these are the product neutral standards. These can be adopted by any organization be it large, medium, small, limited company, private limited company, partnership firms and proprietorship firms.

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