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Apparel Industry

Apparel Industry In India

The apparel Industry proudly supports 12.90 million people as a part of its workforce, even today it is the second largest provider of employment in the country. It contributes to 4.9% of India’s total export

India's Position in the World Textiles Economy

  • India is the largest producer of cotton in the world;
  • The largest producer of jute;
  • The second largest producer of cellulosic fiber/ yarn;
  • The second largest producer of silk;
  • India is the 6th largest exporter of Apparel in the world.

Strengths of Apparel sector in India

  • The exports of garments during the year 2018-19 were US$ 16.2 bn. and contributes to 43% in total textiles and 5% in total exports of India.
  • Apparel sector is the largest employment provider after agriculture and employs 12.90 million workers, 65-70% of which is women;
  • Capability in producing value added garments, involving Embroidery & Handwork with innovation in pattern making and design, with minimal wastage;
  • Strong, Innovative and Creative Design Capabilities;
  • Presence of the entire value chain in India-from fibre to apparel manufacturing. 

Export Highlights

As the world’s 4th largest producer of textile and garments, India’s garments exports totalled US$ 16.2 billion during FY 2018-19, giving an inevitable market share of 3.3%. The EU, USA, Middle East are India’s major markets.


AEPC is the official body of apparel exporters in India that provides invaluable assistance to Indian exporters as well as importers/international buyers who choose India as their preferred sourcing destination for garments.

Source: India Brand Equity Foundation

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