The apparel and textile industry occupies a unique and important place in India. One of the earliest industries to come into existence in the country, the sector accounts for 14% of the total Industrial production, conduces to about 30% of the total exports and is the second largest employment creator after agriculture.
The apparel and textile industry caters to one of the most basic requirements of people and holds importance; maintaining the prolonged growth for improved quality of life. The sector has a unique position as a self-reliant industry, from the production of raw materials to the delivery of end products, with considerable value-addition at every stage of processing. Over the years, the sector has proved to be a major contributor to the nations’ economy.
Its immense potential for generation of employment opportunities in he industrial, agricultural, organized and decentralized sectors & rural and urban areas, especially for women and the disadvantaged is noteworthy.