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India Sourcing: Garments 2016 Sector highlights

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  • The industry contributes 4 percent to the country’s GDP.

  • A wide range of natural and synthetic fibers are available.

  • Small and midsize companies can produce up to 50,000 pieces monthly.
  • India is the second largest producer of cotton globally.

  • Traditional Indian patterns are combined with more modern silhouettes.

  • Environment-friendly materials are expected to stay on-trend.
  • Overseas revenue is expected to increase.

  • The majority of suppliers plan to raise prices over the next 12 months.

  • Price competition the main problem of suppliers

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India Sourcing: Garments Industry Overview

India Sourcing: Garments 2016

• Casual wear • Formal wear • Baby and children’s wear • Underwear and sleepwear

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

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India Sourcing: Garments 2016 Industry overview

India Sourcing: Garments Industry Overview

India Sourcing: Garments 2016

• Casual wear • Formal wear • Baby and children’s wear • Underwear and sleepwear

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

India garment exportsCompetitive advantagesChallengesIndustry composition
  • The industry contributes 4 percent to the country’s GDP.

  • The US, the UAE and the UK are the industry’s top import markets.

  • Apparel shipments from April 2015 to March 2016 amounted to $17 billion.
  • A wide range of natural and synthetic fibers are available.

  • Skilled workforce

  • Persistent government support and initiatives
  • Tight competition with neighboring countries

  • Weather conditions and exports reduce available cotton in the country.

  • Shipping can take longer and cost more due to rerouting.
  • Ready-made garment clusters are situated in Delhi, Mumbai, Gurgaon, Nagpur, Madurai, Tirupur and Punjab.

  • The sector comprises about 75,000 suppliers.

  • Small and midsize companies can produce up to 50,000 pieces monthly.

India garment exports

As a sector that provides livelihood to 11 million people, the garment industry is a significant driver in India’s economy, contributing 4 percent to the country’s GDP and 11 percent to India’s total exports.

Overseas sales from April 2015 to March 2016 reached $17 billion, which was a 0.9-percent decrease from last year’s $16.8 billion. Cotton-based garments are the highest foreign exchange earners among textile products.

Textile and garments in 2015-16 stood at $40 billion, a 3.4-percent decline against $41.4 billion in 2014-15, due to recessions in Europe and stiff price competition from Bangladesh, Vietnam and Pakistan.

India Garments Industry Overview Exports

The US remains to be the main market for ready-made garments from India, with exports amounting to $36.15 billion in 2014-15. UAE, the second largest destination, has sales reaching $26.50 billion in 2014-15, up 15.7 percent compared to last year’s 11.6-percent growth.

India’s current share in the global apparel and garment market stands at 3.7 percent against Vietnam (4.3 percent) and Bangladesh (6.1 percent) – an indication that the country has the potential to boost output for domestic and overseas requirements.

By 2016-17, garments and textiles are expected to increase to $65 billion from $38 billion. Suppliers are eyeing to meet this target by diversifying their products and pursuing newer and non-traditional markets such as Latin America, West Asia, South Africa and East Asia.

Competitive advantages

A strong base of raw materials, a skilled workforce and government initiatives have made India one of the most competitive garment sourcing hubs.

The country is the world’s second largest producer of cotton, yielding 6.51 million tons and accounting for about 27 percent of global supply. The second largest producer of silk, India contributes 18 percent to global silk production and is the only country supplying all four known commercial varieties of silks such as mulberry, tasar, eri and muga to the US, Europe and Asia, according to the Ministry of Textiles.

A diverse selection of wool and synthetic fibers such as polyester, viscose, acrylic and nylon is also available in the country, enabling exporters to produce a range of goods for varying consumer needs.

A skilled labor force is one of the industry’s main strengths. Skilled workers, typically with 10 to 20 years of experience, are adept at cutting, stitching, embroidery and attaching embellishments. Women account for nearly 70 percent of the garment industry’s labor pool.

As one of the major industries in the country, the garment sector receives full support from the government. Recently, there has been a proposal to extend customs clearance facilities operations to 24 hours every day in 13 airports and 14 sea ports, which if approved will aid in faster cargo clearance.

There has been an MoU signed between Kyrgyztan and India that aims to strengthen the cooperation of both countries in fashion, textile and clothing, and silk production.

In addition, the garment sector is one of the focus industries of Make in India, a program initiated by the government in 2014 under Prime Minister Narendra Modi to transform the country into a manufacturing hub.

Efforts to help garment and textile exporters have been made. Through the Market Access Initiative (MAI), financial assistance is given to suppliers with export promotion activities in selected countries. They are aided in conducting studies and developing projects and proposals that may lead to improvement in market access. This year until 2017, 32 proposals from various textile groups participating in fairs and exhibitions worth $5,445,618 have been approved by the Department of Commerce for Textiles.

The Market Development Assistance project, meanwhile, helps companies with promotional activities implemented by the Textiles Export Promotion Council. It offers assistance in building their stalls and shouldering a part of traveling expenses.


Stiff competition with neighboring countries such as Vietnam, Bangladesh and Pakistan is considered the biggest challenge in the sector.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, signed by Vietnam in February 2016 and currently awaiting ratification and approval, may boost Vietnam’s exports through duty-free access to the US if approved.

Both Bangladesh and Pakistan, meanwhile, enjoy a free access to EU countries through the General Scheme of Preferences, a trade program that gives selected developing countries market access through less or no export duties. India, particularly the ready-made garment industry, has just been recently included in this program and will benefit through the 20-percent duty preference until 2019.

Reduced cotton availability, which will affect garment production and prices, is also another major concern of the sector.

According to Reuters, cotton production in India is likely to reduce in 2016-17, given monsoon rain forecasts and pest attacks in cotton-growing states such as Maharashtra. Because of this, cotton farmers have turned to other crops such as peanut and sugarcane to make up for their losses.

India’s cotton exports to other major garment producers such as Bangladesh and Vietnam have also led to reduced cotton availability, according to local manufacturers. Bangladesh, for instance, imports half of its cotton produce from India, which means fewer and more expensive cotton for domestic garment suppliers.

When it comes to logistics, there is a significant disadvantage on India’s end, since exports have to be routed through Colombo or Singapore, which can lead to increased costs and even delays. The government is addressing this problem currently through trans-shipment terminal projects Vizhinjam International Seaport in Thiruvananthapuram and Colachel International Seaport, which are closer to international shipping routes.

Industry composition

India’s garment sector has around 75,000 manufacturers operating about 3 million sewing machines and providing livelihood to about 11 million people.

Usually family-owned, small companies have 100 to 2,000 personnel and produce up to 20,000 pieces of clothing monthly. Annual revenue is normally less than $1 million.

Midsize enterprises, with factories measuring up to 20,000sqm, have 7,000 workers and a monthly production of 50,000. Yearly revenue is around $3 million to $5 million.

Typically joint ventures, large manufacturers have ISO certification and plants measuring more than 100,000sqm. Workers can count up to 15,000 and produce 5 million pieces. Foreign sales exceed $20 million annually.

Major ready-made garment clusters are located in Delhi, Mumbai, Gurgaon, Nagpur, Madurai and Tirupur. Punjab is one of the biggest makers of readymade garments in the country.

Textile producers, meanwhile, are spread throughout India, with each state specializing in one type of fabric. Jute textiles are found in West Bengal, while silk fabrics are in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Factories that produce fiber, wool and cotton are scattered in Gujarat, Punjab, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra.

Twenty-one new hubs will be set up with the government’s Integrated Textile Park project. Targeted areas include key locations such as Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, West Bengal and Tripura.

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The highlighted areas on the map show the locations of the head offices and factories of the paper craft suppliers featured in this report.

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India Sourcing: Garments 2016 Product features

India Sourcing: Garments Industry Overview

India Sourcing: Garments 2016

• Casual wear • Formal wear • Baby and children’s wear • Underwear and sleepwear

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

Buyers can also learn more about native India materials and the common price ranges of certain design features.

Materials & sourcesDesign & manufacturingPricing
  • India is the second largest producer of cotton globally.

  • All the four known types of commercial silk, namely mulberry, tasar, eri and muga, are available in the country.

  • Wool is readily available in Ladakh, Rajasthan, Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana and Coimbatore.
  • Traditional Indian patterns are combined with more contemporary cuts to produce a unique look for the garment industry.

  • Environment-friendly materials are expected to stay on-trend in the coming months.

  • Design teams are composed of 5 to 25 workers.
  • High volume Instrument testing conducted at the beginning of production ensures durability of cotton fibers.

  • QC practices are on a par with international standards.

  • The QC team of a small company has one to five members.

Materials & sources

Cotton, jute and silk are the main materials used in garment production in India.

India is the second largest global producer of cotton, yielding 6.5 million tons yearly from Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu.

Mulberry, tasar, eri and muga, all four known commercial varieties of silk, are also available in the country. Usually from Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Karnataka, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, these are exported to the US, the EU and Asia.

Winter wear materials are usually imported by suppliers from Hong Kong and Belgium, while wool, also used for winter clothes, may be found domestically in Ladakh, Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Coimbatore and western parts of Rajasthan.

Threads, zippers, dyes, buttons, beads and other garment accessories, meanwhile, are available in Delhi, Punjab, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh. Some, however, import these from mainland China.

Rayon, chiffon, polyester, mesh and spandex are purchased from vendors in Surat in Gujarat and Salem and Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu.

Design & manufacturing

The garment industry is mainly composed of small and midsize locally owned manufacturers.

Large-scale suppliers, with all necessary facilities under one roof, have their design teams. These teams have five to 25 workers, allowing companies to keep up with the latest fashion trends and provide better customization and design options to their clients. On average, between 30 and 150 models are launched annually.

More companies these days are using modern technology to generate designs that are typically woven, screen-printed or block-printed to increase output and productivity. Several use Computer Aided Design for greater flexibility in pattern designing, grading and marking.

Small and midsize enterprises, on the other hand, outsource jobs relating to embroidery, block printing, embellishment attachment and finishing to smaller companies.

Recent garment trends combine modern cuts with traditional Indian fabric patterns such as kashida, phulkari, chikankari, ikat and kasuti to create a distinct niche for apparel from India.

Clothes are mostly dominated by women’s woven blouses and skirts, which shows India’s garment industry gearing towards more casual clothing. Jeans, cargos, trousers, collared shirts and slim-fit, short-sleeved shirts with Chinese collars are highly in-demand.

Intricate cuff and pocket detailing, flowing layers, vivid hues, shiny fabric in a modern cut and printed and pleated culottes, meanwhile, are popular embellishments.

Recently, suppliers have been making more efforts to produce environment-friendly clothes, which are globally in demand. Apparel companies have started to develop programs that either use 100-percent organically grown cotton, or blend small percentages of organic cotton with regular cotton in their products. Natural dyes obtained from sources like flowers, leaves, insects and bark roots, which may not produce intense colors, are also being used instead of synthetic dyes.

In terms of customization, varieties of fabric, sleeves, colors and patterns are available for customers to combine and create their designs. Some companies even use a combination of cotton from Egypt, Israel, India and the US to produce a specific type of yarn for a client.

Quality control

The number of QC staff depends on the size of a company, with small-scale units typically having one to five members.

Each production line has in-line quality and end-line quality inspectors, who check fiber and yarn quality and fabric construction up to color fastness or the fabric’s resistance to fading. Cotton is the primary fabric in garment production and is tested using High Volume Instruments to measure fiber strength, color and maturity, factors which affect garment production and output.

Clothing companies in India adopt QC measures that are on a par with ISO 9001:2008, SA-8000 and Oeko-Tex Standard 100. The Oeko-Tex Standard 100 is a certification system initiated that determines whether textiles are free from chemicals. SA-8000 and ISO 9001:2008, on the other hand, are independent certification systems that assess a company’s social accountability and quality processes, respectively.


Materials are the key factor in determining prices. Casual apparel and sleepwear, usually made from cotton, fall under the low-end or mid-range categories. High-end garments made of premium fabrics such as leather, denim, satin or high-quality cotton come with a higher price tag. Size, embellishments and quantity are other factors that contribute to the final quote.

Price guide

Formal wear
Below $15
Men’s dress shirts; cotton, cotton-blended polyester
$15 to $30
Jackets with fur hoodies, women’s suits, bridesmaid dresses; leather, wool, nylon, cotton
More than $30
Blazers, fur coats, leather coats, overcoats, bridal gowns; nylon, cotton, leather, fur

India sourcing fashion jewelry product features Typical Components of formal coats

Children's wear
Below $8
Underwear, athletic shorts, vests, t-shirts, sweaters; cotton, wool, viscose
$8 to $15
Rainwear, knitwear, jeans, robes, dresses; polyester, mesh, cotton, wool
More than $15
Flower girl dresses, organic baby clothes, jackets, wetsuits; cotton, mesh, leather

India sourcing fashion jewelry product features Typical Component of boxers

Underwear and sleepwear
Below $8
Boxer briefs, camisoles, thong panties; lycra, cotton
$8 to $15
Thermal underwear, men’s pajamas, robes, chemise, corsets; cotton, latex, spandex, satin
More than $15
Girdles, lingerie sets, night gowns; cotton, viscose, satin

India sourcing fashion jewelry product features Typical Component of jackets

India Sourcing: Garments 2016 Supplier survey

India Sourcing: Garments Supplier Survey

India Sourcing: Garments 2016

• Casual wear • Formal wear • Baby and children’s wear • Underwear and sleepwear

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

The 13 companies surveyed reflect the composition of the India garments industry in terms of company size, geographic location, product range offered and materials used.

Export pricesExport markets & salesProduct trendsChallenges
  • One hundred percent of survey respondents foresee price hikes.

  • Garment suppliers anticipate a 5 percent increase in export prices.

  • Rising cotton costs affecting prices
  • Companies foresee a 10 percent growth in export sales.

  • Europe is the upcoming target market.

  • Rising labor costs in other countries a factor in optimistic growth.
  • Majority of suppliers to mix ethnic and modern elementsa

  • Improved fit and durability

  • Traditional patterns still essential in India garment design
  • Price competition from Vietnam, Cambodia and China counterparts
  • Finding new markets

  • Companies relocating to lower production costs
  • Prices

    The majority of interviewed suppliers expect a rise in export prices, since domestic prices of ginned cotton have increased significantly from S1.34 to $1.37/kg in April 2016 to $1.82/kg in August. This has resulted in higher operating expenses for the spinning sector in India, which will likely lead to a surge in fabric costs and put pressure on the margins of garment makers.

    Quotes are also predicted to jump 5 percent, which may also be attributed to the rising cotton costs.

    Export markets & sales

    Following the anticipated price increase, export sales are also expected to climb in the next few months. To boost revenue, all interviewed garment companies in India will expand their market reach to Europe in the next 12 months.

    India garments are recognized for their intricate patterns, a design element suppliers will keep in their upcoming selections. Sixty-nine percent plan to achieve this by combining traditional themes and embroideries with modern silhouettes.

    Thirty-one percent of suppliers are focused on providing improved fit and durability. Some makers are also directing R&D efforts towards garments that are resistant to heat, water, pilling and snagging.


    Blackouts of an average of eight hours daily are cited by about three-fifths of Among the challenges of suppliers, price competition with their global competitors tops the list. Based on a number of B2B sites, the estimated price of plain white shirts from Vietnam or China ranges from $1 to $3, which is similar or sometimes even lower compared to shirts from India.

    This stiff competition with Vietnam, China and Cambodia has made it difficult for India garment companies receive orders or find new markets. To lower production costs and in turn offer lower prices, some have set up factories in Bangladesh, where importing fabrics takes only three days instead of seven days in India.

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