India is clearly an important factor for the
international fashion industry. Cotton is among the many resources that
they grow, warehouse, and distribute. Here are a few helpful
resources if you work with India in regard to cotton procurement.
of Textiles, Government of India: The
Ministry of Textiles is responsible for policy formulation, planning,
development export promotion and trade regulation in respect of
the textile sector. This includedall natural and manmade cellulosic
fibers that go into the making of textiles, clothing and handicrafts.
Textile Commissioner, Mubai: The Office of
the Textile Commissioner was established in 1943 during the Second World
War period for arranging the supply of cloth to the defense forces as
well as civilian population. After the end of World War II, the Textile
Commissioner was given the regulatory function of administering the
prices, distribution and control of certain varieties of cloth meant for
civilian consumption in the post-war conditions of scarcity.
Technology Mission on cotton: With the
liberalization of world trade following the progressive phasing out of
the Multi Fibre Arrangement (MFA), quality and price competitiveness are
becoming the most important criteria for good export performance of
Indian Textiles. Even for domestic use the textile goods will have to
excel in quality and be competitive in price because the Indian markets
would become flooded with foreign goods that will find unlimited access
into our country after 2004.
Cotton Association of India (formally East
India Cotton Association): A compendium of all matters relating to every
branch of the Indian Cotton Trade, containing exhaustive information and
statistical tables relating to crops, exports, imports, prices, stocks,
consumption, government notifications etc.
The Cotton Textiles Export Promotion Council
(Texprocil): Since its inception in 1954 as an autonomous, non-profit
export promotion body, TEXPROCIL has become the international face of
Indian Cotton Textiles successfully facilitating exports. For the
foreign buyer, it has opened the entire range of Indian cotton yarns,
fabrics and made-ups and has become the one-stop source for it.
Indian Handlooms cluster: An Initiative of O/o Development
Commissioner – Handlooms: The handloom sector is known for its heritage
and the tradition of excellent craftsmanship. It provides livelihood to
millions of weavers and craftsperson. The industry has not only survived
but also grown over the decades due to its inherent strengths like
flexibility of production in small quantities, openness to innovation,
low level of capital investment and immense possibility of designing
fabrics. Government of India has continued to accord priority to this
sector. An imperative step has been taken by the office of Development
Commissioner – Handlooms, Ministry of Textiles Government of India to
promote and develop its exclusiveness for the global market. It’s a
comprehensive and innovative attempt among others to promote
merchandising and marketing both at the domestic and international
levels which is central to the success of the handloom sector. Brand
equity of handlooms is the need of the hour.