Snapshot of the Indian Textile and Garment Industry

Textile and Garment industry

Do you know how big the Indian Textile and Readymade garment industry is? The importance of the textile industry in India’s economy and employment?, a GOI website has published important data about the textile industry in India.

Following are the summary of the Indian textile and garment industry. (Source:

  • The Textile industry in India is one of the largest in the world with a large raw material base and manufacturing strength across the value chain.
  • One of the largest consumers and producers of cotton in the world.
  • India is the 2nd largest producer of MMF Fibre. India is the 6th largest exporter of Textiles & Apparel in the world.
  • India became the second-largest manufacturer of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits in the world.
  • India is the 6th largest producer of Technical Textiles with a 6% Global Share (12% CAGR), the largest producer of cotton & jute in the world. *
  • India is:
    • The second-largest producer of silk in the world
    • Largest consumer and the second-largest producer of cotton with 6 Mn tons of cotton production every year which is about 23% of the world cotton
  • Gujarat has emerged as world’s second largest textile plant in Kutch *
  • India is a global leader in jute production, accounting for about 70% of estimated world production. *
  • The total number of looms installed in the jute industry was 48,322, as of 01 January 2018. The installed spindle in jute mills other than 100 % export oriented units were 7,48,612. The maximum installed capacity in jute mills other than 100% export-oriented is about 2.75 mn tonnes annually. *
  • The industry contributes to 7% of industrial output in value terms, 2% of India’s GDP and 12% of the country’s export earnings. *
  • The share of textile, apparel and handicrafts in India’s total exports was 10.62% in 2021-22. *
  • Four International Expos – Indian Handwoven and Home textiles Sourcing were participated by Handloom Export Promotion Council in different countries on virtual mode during March 2021 at Australia & New Zealand; USA & Canada; Japan and Spain, France & Italy.
  • Cotton production supports 5.8 million farmers & 40-50 mn people in allied sectors. India is also the second-largest producer of silk in the world and 95% of the world’s hand-woven fabric comes from India.
  • As per the 4th All India Handloom Census 2019-20, there are 35.22 lakh handloom workers across the country. *
  • The Textile industry in India is one of the largest sources of employment generation in the country. The sector engages 16.73 lakhs of people consisting of 10.28 % of the total employment share.
  • The domestic apparel & textile industry in India contributes 2.3% to the country’s GDP, 7% of industry output in value terms.
  • The domestic textiles and apparel industry stood at USD 152 bn in 2021.

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