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.

Ministry 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.