North India

A year after the hashtag 'IWearHandloom' trended on Twitter, Union Textile minister Smriti irani is back at it. On Tuesday, she tweeted a selfie in a cotton sari, with the hashtag 'CottonIs-Cool', and asked netizens to post their selfies and tag five friends. Soon, the hashtag started trending, with people still tweeting their pictures in cotton attire. While Irani has kept a low…Read more
When you walk into the SEWA (Self-Employed Women's Association) Ruaab production centre in Sunder Nagri, Northeast Delhi, you will see between 10-15 women sitting cross-legged on the floor in front of embroidery stools. Some may have a child in their laps, while others just chat about their days as they weave coloured thread, beads and sequins onto the fabric that is…Read more
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A devastating whitefly attack across North India’s cotton belt have hit yields, particularly in Punjab and Haryana, but prices of the fibre are unlikely to slide with the region accounting for a small portion of the country’s total cotton output.According to Agriculture Ministry data, cotton acreage in Punjab and Haryana stood at 4.5 lakh hectares (lh) and 5.81 lh, respectively,…Read more
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India’s new national textiles policy is being finalized which aims to achieve USD 300 billion textiles exports by 2024-25 and envisages creation of additional 35 million jobs. The Textiles Ministry has set up an expert committee headed by Ajay Shankar, member secretary, national manufacturing competitiveness council for review and revamp the textile policy 2000. Textiles Minister Santosh Gangwar in his…Read more
Dying and printing industry in Jetpur town of Rajkot district, one of the oldest and largest clusters of printing units in India, has become the first causality of water scarcity in the Saurashtra region. While lack of rains has increased the cost of production for most of the industries, this cotton textile industry banks heavily on water to run and…Read more
Mike Flanagan
May, India overwhelmingly elected Narenrda Modi as Prime Minster. While apparel factory owners thought he was business friendly,few showed much public support for his annual budget on 28 February. Buried in the fine detail, there a reason both they and their workers might also be annoyed. Despite the importance of the garment and textile industries to the Indian economy (the…Read more
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