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59th IIGF shifts base; to be held as part of Textiles India ’17 in Gujarat

Apparel Resources had put it first on March 2 that ‘Tussle over 59th IIGF’s venue continues; things will be clearer in 7 days’. And now a confirmed input has arrived according to which – the 59th edition of IIGF has been shifted to Gandhinagar, Gujarat. Ashok Rajani, Chairman, AEPC confirmed the new venue for the 59th India International Garment Fair (IIGF) and assured maximum possible subsidy to the exhibitors. The fair will be held concurrently […]

March 18, 2017


Tussle over 59th IIGF’s venue continues; things will be clearer in 7 days

Indian International Garment Fair (IIGF), biggest sourcing event for Indian apparel exporters, which has been taking place in New Delhi from last three decades may now shift its upcoming July edition to Gandhinagar (Gujarat). The 59th edition is scheduled to take place from 17-19 July. Ministry of Textiles (MoT), Government of India is organizing a mega event – Textile India Conclave and Exhibition in Gandhinagar from June 30 to July 2, and wishes that IIGF […]

March 2, 2017


AEPC Export Awards recognizes excellence across various turnover groups

Even though Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) Awards for excellence in export performance in apparel sector took place after a gap of two years, the industry was highly appreciative of the new format which allowed many smaller exporters to be recognized for their hard work. The event saw established stalwarts share the platform with many lesser known or emerging companies. 21 apparel exporters from across the nation were awarded for their performance during the FY […]

January 31, 2017


India’s Textiles, Environment Ministries to discuss issues in handicraft sector

India’s Textiles Ministry and Ministry of Environment are soon expected to host a meeting in order to find short- and long-term solutions for the challenges being faced by domestic handicrafts exporters. In her address at an export award function, while pointing out the wood industry and the woodcrafts sector need the support of Environment Ministry, Union Minister of Textiles, Smriti Irani said that her colleague in the Environment Ministry Anil Madhav Dave was extremely cognizant […]


Indian Textiles Ministry questions appointment of AEPC SG

Appointment of Ram Singh as Secretary General (SG) of Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) – the official body of apparel exporters in India that has more than 8,000 apparel exporters as its members – is under cloud of suspicion as questions in this regard have been raised by the Ministry of Textiles (MoT). Ram Singh, IPS Officer of Punjab Cadre (1994 Batch), who is currently the Director at Ministry of Textiles on deputation basis, was […]


Haryana (India) to get its first NIFT

Indian Textiles Minister Smriti Irani and Manohar Lal Khattar, CM, Haryana, India will lay the foundation stone of Haryana’s first National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) on 29th December in Panchkula, India. Spread over 10.45 acres, the Indian Government is committed to provide funds amounting to Rs. 99.71 crore for the creation of state-of-the-art infrastructure at the institute, to be developed in collaboration with the Union Ministry of Textiles (MoT) and NIFT, New Delhi. The […]

December 28, 2016


TN (India) spinning industry moving towards ‘substantially’ cashless economy

Having solidarity with the demonetization decision of Government of India, spinning industry of Tamil Nadu is working actively to become ‘cashless’. Many of the spinning mills, especially members of Indian Texpreneurs Federation (ITF) have opened bank accounts of their workers, and are carrying out awareness programmes to enlighten the workers about cashless operations, like Unified Payment Interface (UPI). In Tamil Nadu’s spinning industry, almost 60 per cent of workers already have their bank accounts and […]


Indian Textiles Minister distributes ‘Pahchan’ identity cards to artisans

Smriti Zubin Irani, Union Textiles Minister of India distributed ‘Pahchan’ identity cards to artisans of five clusters of Gujarat, namely Jamnagar, Naroda, Surendranagar, Amreli and Kalol, at the inaugural ceremony of the Thematic Exhibition on Handicrafts at Ahmedabad, India. It may be mentioned that the camp for “PAHCHAN” was launched on 7th October, 2016 nationwide, to ensure a unique identity to the handicraft artisans of the nation. Benefits like easy loan, insurance, credit guarantee, and life insurance and Rs. […]


Indian Textiles Ministry stresses on ‘strong monitoring mechanism’ for ISDS

Strong monitoring mechanism for Integrated Skill Development Scheme (ISDS) seems to be on top priority for Ministry of Textiles (MoT), Government of India. Physical verification module with a feature to upload videos of visits in stipulated time can be a good tool for it. ISDS is one of the most appreciated schemes to train the workforce for Indian textile industry. Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani recently had a meeting in New Delhi (India) with senior […]

November 18, 2016


Textiles Ministers of States insist on infrastructural development

Annual Conference of State Textiles Ministers was organized in New Delhi (India) on 10th November at which ministers/senior officers from across the country shared their views, and put forward the requirements and priorities of their respective states for the growth of textile industry. Like the previous two editions, Tamil Nadu, North-eastern States, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and UP participated more actively and put their demands in detail. Karnataka and Rajasthan also highlighted their issues. Also Read […]

November 10, 2016


Indian Textiles Ministry collaborates with Kraftly for ‘India Handloom Brand’

Kraftly, Indian e-commerce platform, has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Development Commissioner of Handlooms from the Ministry of Textiles, India to sell products under the ‘Indian Handloom Brand’. “We are looking forward to enabling the artisans and weavers to promote their products directly through the Kraftly platform and help in building an online presence for these sellers,” Saahil Goel, Co-Founder and CEO, Kraftly. The company aims to create an additional source of […]


Indian Textiles Ministry joins hands with BIBA for ‘India Handloom Brand’

India’s Ministry of Textiles has partnered with BIBA, an ethnic apparel brand, and unveiled its India Handloom Brand garments at BIBA’s flagship store in the capital, New Delhi. Smriti Zubin Irani, Union Textiles Minister, Alok Kumar, Development Commissioner (Handlooms), and Meena Bindra, Chairperson, BIBA, marked their presence at the launch occasion. Under the collaboration, BIBA would create apparels using the India Handloom Brand fabrics promoted by the Ministry of Textiles. The new Spring/Summer collection will have pieces […]


India’s Modelama Skills to impart T&C training skills to Sikkim youth

India-based Modelama Skills Pvt. Ltd., which runs vocational training centres and works as an implementing agency for Ministry of Textiles (MoT) and other Central and state Governments, will provide training in fashion merchandising to the youth of north-eastern state Sikkim under the project – North East Rural Livelihood Project (NERLP) by Ministry of Development for North Eastern Region (DoNER). This was conveyed at the orientation programme conducted recently by Modelama Skills. The event, which was […]


Ajay Tamta motivating NITRA, visits twice in two months

Ajay Tamta, Minister of State for Textiles visited NITRA (Northern India Textile Research Association), Ghaziabad twice in last two months and discussed about its projects. Geeta Narayan, Joint Secretary of MoT was also with him in one of his visits. This could be a perfect example of how ministers take interest in some projects and keep a follow-up on that too… First he visited NITRA’s Pilot Plant, Centre of Excellence Laboratories, Garment Training Centres, etc. […]


Indian Textiles Ministry shows concern for soldiers’ clothing

Indian Ministry of Textiles (MoT) seems concerned about the need for better protection of Indian soldiers as it has identified specific clothing with support from its defence counterpart while asking India Inc. to invest in the technical know-how of the same. “In terms of an intervention for our soldiers (regarding) how they can be better protected through clothing, we have identified with the help of our engagement with the Ministry of Defence what kind of […]

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