India Sourcing: Scarves & shawls 2018

India scarves and shawls

 

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India Sourcing: Scarves & shawls 2018 Sector highlights

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  • India sent abroad $6.4 million worth of scarves and shawls in 2016.

  • Local availability of raw material as one of the industry’s major advantages.

  • Small and midsize operations account for the majority of suppliers.
  • Designs feature intricate patterns in bold colors.

  • Production is mostly semi-mechanized.

  • The main price determinants are the materials and design complexity of the product.
  • Suppliers intend to raise prices up to 5 percent.

  • Suppliers have a positive outlook on export sales for the next 12 months.

  • North America will remain an important market for scarf and shawl producers.

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India Sourcing: Scarves & shawls 2018

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Our team has visited all India manufacturers featured here to verify their export capability. Each has a website on GlobalSources.com with full company details, product images with specifications, manufacturing capability and complete contact details.

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India Sourcing: Scarves & shawls 2018 Industry overview

India Sourcing: scarves and shawls Industry Overview

India Sourcing: Scarves & shawls 2018

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This section discusses key issues affecting export manufacturers in India, offering insight into industry composition and important supply centers.

India scarves and shawls Competitive advantagesChallengesIndustry composition
  • Exports of scarves and shawls are on a downward trend.

  • India sent abroad $6.4 million worth of scarves and shawls in 2016.

  • The top importers in terms of value were the US, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and Germany.

  • Local availability of raw material as one of the industry’s major advantages.

  • The Ministry of Textiles has also issued an India Handloom Brand to encourage production of handmade and quality items.

  • Yearly trade shows are also aiding producers to reach more buyers.


  • The recently imposed Goods and Services Tax is a major challenge for the industry.

  • Suppliers are finding it difficult to compete on price, particularly with producers from China.

  • The recent closing of textile mills has prompted some makers to import yarn.


  • The Indian Manufacturers and Exporters of Scarves and Shawls has about 1,160 members.

  • Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Kerala and Punjab are among the key production hubs for scarves and shawls.

  • Small and midsize operations account for the majority of suppliers.

Shawls and scarves belong to India’s top handicrafts categories, accounting for 26 percent of total exports in the line. In 2016, shipments under the HS codes 6214 and 611710 from DESA/UNSD, United Nations Comtrade database reached $783.5 million. However, this was a 14.5 percent decline compared to 2015 exports valued at $916.9 million.

The UAE, Saudi Arabia, Germany, the US and the UK were the top importers of India scarves, shawls, mufflers, mantillas, veils and other similar items from India over the same period.

The US will remain an important market for interviewed suppliers in upcoming months. As it is one of their largest export destinations, they aim to maintain a relationship with existing buyers.

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Competitive advantages

Scarves and shawls suppliers in India consider local availability of raw material as one of the industry’s major advantages. India is among the world’s top producers of cotton, taking up 26 percent of global production, according to the Cotton Corporation of India Limited. Silk is also widely available in the southern parts of India, as well as Jammu and Kashmir, as India is considered the second largest producer of silk in the world. The country also ranks seventh in the production of wool and woolen textiles. India is also known for producing headwear and neckwear made of cashmere, a fine type of hair obtained from goats in Kashmir.

Receiving government support is another edge. To boost quality and material competitiveness further, the government has allotted Rs 33.98 crore ($5.11 million) to the Wool Development Scheme and Pashmina Promotion over the past three years to improve the quality of pashmina wool, as well as the living conditions of wool growers in Ladakh in the states of Jammu and Kashmir.

The Ministry of Textiles has also issued an India Handloom Brand to handloom suppliers to encourage the production of top-quality and defect-free handloom products. Having a high level of craftsmanship is a competitive advantage that the industry wants to preserve.

To promote handwoven textiles and products to foreign buyers, the Handloom Export Promotion Council organize the India International Handwoven Fair, which brings in about 8,000 visitors from 30 countries every year.

Challenges

The recently implemented Goods and Services Tax (GST) is a major concern for many suppliers, as these are likely to increase their overhead and prompt a price increase that could affect export sales.

A 12-percent GST is imposed on apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted with a sale value exceeding 1,000 ($15.74) per piece. A 5-percent GST, meanwhile, is applied on apparel below the said amount. Before the implementation in July 2017, exporters did not have to pay duties. Now, they are required to pay taxes and seek a refund, which affects their costs, since getting bank financing is difficult.

The textile industry is seeking input tax credit, which if delayed could lead to increase in fabric costs between three to five percent and possible job losses.

The recent closing of textile mills has prompted some suppliers to import yarn, which has affected pricing. By the end of June 2017, 682 textile mills were closed due to financial and labor problems. Of these, 232 mills were in Tamil Nadu, 85 were in Maharashtra, 60 in Uttar Pradesh and 42 in Haryana. Among the 1,399 operational textile mills, 752 were in Tamil Nadu and 135 in Maharashtra.

Competition with China in terms of exports is another challenge to the sector. According to the UN Comtrade database, India ranked second to China, exporting $783 million worth of scarves and shawls. China, meanwhile, exported about $3.1 billion.

Industry composition

The Indian Manufacturers and Exporters of Scarves Shawls has 1,160 members registered with it from across the country. Majority of companies are locally owned with 80 percent comprising small companies.

Small companies, with about 10 employees, produce scarves and shawls made of cotton, jute and synthetic fabric. Monthly output ranges between 2,000 and 5,000 pieces with annual export sales of $15,000.

With factories up to 929sqm, midsize companies have about 50 employees. They can produce about 10,000 pieces monthly. Materials used are cotton, jute, silk, viscose, rayon, linen, wool and cashmere. Annual export sales can reach up to $100,000.

Larger companies, with workforce of about 100 and factories of 3,716sqm, can produce up to 50,000 pieces monthly. Yearly export earnings can reach up to $450,000.

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India Sourcing: Scarves & shawls 2018

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This section offers information on how trends in materials, design and manufacturing are impacting prices offered by India scarves and shawls suppliers.

Buyers can also learn more about the materials used and the common price ranges of certain designs.

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Materials & designsManufacturing & QCPricing
  • Cotton and wool are the main material options.

  • Most raw materials are sourced domestically.

  • Designs feature intricate patterns in bold colors.

  • Production is mostly semi-mechanized.

  • Production of scarves and shawls typically takes 20 to 35 days.

  • Suppliers typically have at least two QC personnel.

  • The main price determinants are the materials and design complexity of the product.

  • Trimmings such as embroidery and fringes push up quotes.

  • High-end items are typically made of pure silk and cashmere.

Materials & designs

India suppliers offer a wide variety of scarves and shawls in cotton, wool, silk, pashmina and polyester. These are available in rectangular, square or triangular forms.

Cotton, a popular material for scarves and shawls, is sourced from Rajasthan, Delhi, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Punjab, Karnataka and Telangana. Viscose, meanwhile, is mainly from Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Punjab.

Wool is obtained from the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Pashmina is a finer type of wool originating from Kashmir, India.

Silk is sourced from Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Jammu and Kashmir and West Bengal, while polyester is typically procured from Gujarat, Karnataka, Maharashtra, New Delhi, Punjab, and Tamil Nadu.

In terms of the design, suppliers offer anywhere from plain to highly intricate and colorful. Patterns include plaid, stripes, damask and traditional Indian motifs. Colors range from pastels and earth tones to bolder varieties such as red, purple and orange. Embroidery, fringes and tassels are typical adornments.

Makers rely on buyer preferences to keep product designs updated. They usually have three members for R&D and produce two new models monthly.

Manufacturing & QC

Scarves and shawl production is semi-mechanized. Machines used include creels, looms, spinning wheels and cutting machines.

Most processes are done in-house, since the processes are labor-intensive. Pre-spinning of yarn is usually outsourced to local sewers.

After fiber is harvested, it is sorted, cleaned out for impurities and then spun by hand or using a machine to form the yarn. Scarf and shawl producers typically buy hanks of yarn, which are loosely formed into a ring. These hanks are placed on the spindle and woven on a handloom or an automatic loom. loom. The woven fabric is dyed, printed either manually or digitally and goes through finishing, which involves washing and calendaring, where the fabric is run through a hot pressing machine to give it a sheen.

The lead production time for scarves is 20 to 25 days, while shawls take about 30 to 35 days. Two new models are released monthly. Most companies have at least two personnel for QC.

Manufacturing follows the guidelines of the Bureau of Indian Standards. AQL inspections are done for India and China suppliers who cater to bulk orders, while full inspection is done for European suppliers as they generally cater to small orders.

Pricing

Pricing depends mainly on the materials used and the complexity of the design. Models that adopt pure silk and cashmere are typically more expensive.

Shawls in plain and simple designs made of cotton, polyester and viscose are typically available for less than $20. Items above this price range are made of silk and wool and feature more embellishments such as tassels, applique and embroidery.

Scarves below $10 are made of polyester and cotton. Between $10 and $15, scarves are offered in wool, silk and cotton. Above this price range, pure silk and cashmere are used. Typical adornments include tassels and fringes.

Price guide

Price guide: Scarves
Less than $10
Polyester, cotton; plain, printed and multicolor; with fringes
$10 to $15
Cotton, wool, silk; printed and multicolor; with fringes
More than $15
Pure silk, cashmere wool; printed, handembroidered; with tassels or fringes

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Price guide: Women’s shawls
Less than $20
Cotton, viscose; polyester; plain and simple designs; with tassels
$21 to $90
Silk, wool; multicolor; printed designs; with embroidery and tassels
More than $90
Pashmina wool; natural colors; printed designs; with embroidery, applique work and fringes

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India Sourcing: Scarves & shawls 2018 Supplier survey

India Sourcing: Scarves & shawls 2018

• Scarves • Shawls

To give buyers first-hand information from active scarves and shawls exporters in India, we’ve surveyed the manufacturers featured on this site.

Export pricesExport markets & sales
Product trendsChallenges
  • India scarf and shawl suppliers intend to raise prices but will keep increases to a minimum to stay competitive.

  • Companies with plans to raise quotes will be capping increases at 5 percent.

  • The recently implemented GST is the main reason for projected price increases.
  • Of interviewed suppliers, 73 percent are optimistic export sales will increase.

  • North America will remain as the industry’s important export destination.

  • Several suppliers plan to boost exports to Asia-Pacific, the EU and Europe.
  • Shawls and scarves with intricate embellishments are expected to become more popular.

  • Ethnic and traditional elements are dominant in many designs.

  • Designs made of eco-friendly materials will continue to be on trend.
  • The GST is expected to push up costs, which could be passed on to buyers through price increases.

  • Labor-related expenses are also a concern for many suppliers.

  • Price competition with suppliers abroad will also be a major challenge.

Export prices

Quotes of scarves and shawls from India are expected to increase in coming months due mainly to the recently imposed Goods and Services Tax (GST). Of the 15 makers that answered the question on export prices, 73 percent intend to raise quotes to cover the recently imposed12-percent GST on apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted with sale value exceeding Rs 1000 per piece. Items below this amount are subject to a 5-percent GST. Prior to this, no taxes were levied on the industry.

Twenty-seven percent of the respondents plan to maintain current quotes, since they had already taken the GST into account of costs.

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Export markets & sales

Overall, India scarf and shawl makers have a positive outlook on export sales for the next 12 months. Among those surveyed, 47 percent expect overseas revenue to increase between 11 and 20 percent, while 13 percent anticipate higher growth.

For some companies, this anticipation is due to the current orders. The US and the EU will remain as key overseas markets for India scarf and shawl suppliers besides the Middle East.

The remaining respondents are interested in strengthening their presence in the Asia-Pacific region, where they can complete smaller orders faster.

Among surveyed companies, 40 percent will be focusing product development efforts on models with more tassels, fringes and sequins.

For 20 percent of the interviewees, product enhancements will revolve around eco-friendly materials such as jute and bamboo, which are widely available in the country. Thirteen-percent, meanwhile, aim to innovate by combining materials such as silk with cotton or wool.

India scarves and shawls Supplier Survey Export Forecast

Another 20 percent will concentrate on releasing more pieces combining ethnic and modern elements such as geometric patterns and traditional dyeing techniques such as Bandhani and Shibori.

About 7 percent of the surveyed companies plan on offering pieces with more intricate nature-inspired designs done using sequins and threadwork.

The rest of the suppliers featured in the report will adopt environment-friendly materials such as recycled paper, bamboo and jute, which are available in India.

Challenges

About 7 percent of the surveyed companies plan on offering pieces with more intricate nature-inspired designs done using sequins and threadwork.

While able to produce quality products in bulk, India producers are finding it a challenge to compete with suppliers from China. Price difference can range between 20 and 30 percent depending on the order quantity.

While some suppliers have taken the GST into account, many of them see this pushing up rates for scarves and shawls in coming months.

Manufacturers are having difficulty in retaining workers, especially during peak season. Workers are generally paid per piece. To cope, companies have been offering higher wages to retain skilled personnel, since hiring full-time workers is also costly.

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