National data

Population: 1,324 million
Population growth rate:1.2%
Labor lorce: 497 million
Unemployment rate: 7 %
GDP per capita:1,586 dollars

Domestic market size of the clothing and footwear industry: 68 billion dollars
Domestic market size of the textile industry: 108 billion dollars
Employment in fashion-related industries: 60 million


Textile and clothing sector is one of the oldest industries in India. According to the Indian Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF), “The close linkage of the textile industry to agriculture (for raw materials such as cotton) and the ancient culture and traditions of the country in terms of textiles make the Indian textiles sector unique in comparison to the industries of other countries”.

The Indian textile industry is estimated around 108 billion dollar and expected to reach 223 billion dollar by 2021. The industry also employs over 45 million people directly to 60 million people indirectly. The Indian Textile Industry contributes approximately 5 per cent to India’s gross domestic product (GDP), and 14 per cent to overall Index of Industrial Production (IIP). The textile industry is also one of the largest contributor to India’s export with approximately 13.5 percent of total export amounting 42.24 billion dollar.

Brands like Benetton, Zodiac, Z3, Zara, Vero Moda, Calvin Klein, Diesel and Tommy Hilfiger have experienced good sales growth in the country, while names like Zara, Armani, Forever21 or Uniqlo appeal to the Indian audiences, attracting higher per square foot sales compared to the departmental or hypermarket stores.
On the other hand, Indian companies like the Arvind group, Madura Fashion and Lifestyle, Raymond Apparel, Trent Retail, Reliance Retail and Future Group has launched their own fashion labels.
The following list includes the largest fashion companies in India.

  Company name Market value Annual revenue Company type
1 Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail 3 billion dollar 400 million dollar Public
2 Vardhman Group 1.7 billion dollar 1.1 billion dollar Public
3 Arvind Limited 1.6 billion dollar 850 million dollar Public
4 Raymond Limited 1 billion dollar 800 million dollar Public

Annual consumer expenditure on clothing and footwear: 68 billion dollars

Total exports of textiles, apparel and footwear: 42.2 billion dollars

Exports of clothing and textiles: 38.7 billion dollars


  • Cotton yarn: 4.0 billion dollars
  • Raw cotton: 3.05 billion dollars
  • Women’s suits, not knit: 2.56 billion dollars
  • T-shirts: 2.36 billion dollars
  • Women’s shirts, not knit: 2 billion dollars
  • Men’s shirts, not knit: 1.16 billion dollar
  • Men’s suits, not knit: 1.13 billion dollar


Exports of footwear and headwear: 3.54 billion dollar

  • Footwear, with leather body: 2.3 billion dollars
  • Parts of footwear: 392 million dollars
  • Other footwear of rubber or plastics: 325 million dollars
  • Footwear, with textile body: 140 million dollars

Total imports of textiles, apparel and footwear: 5.9 billion dollars

Imports of clothing and textiles: 5.4 billion dollars


  • Raw cotton: 483 million dollars
  • Textile fabrics impregnated with plastics: 352 million dollars
  • Wool: 338 million dollars
  • Synthetic filament yarn: 331 million dollars
  • Yarn of synthetic staple fibres: 208 million dollars
  • Synthetic staple fibers: 168 million dollar
  • Woven fabrics of synthetic filament yarn: 163 million dollar


Imports of footwear and headwear: 460 million dollars


  • Other footwear of rubber or plastic: 106 million dollars
  • Footwear, with textile body: 83.2 million dollars
  • Footwear with leather body: 79.2 million dollars
  • Parts of footwear: 71 million dollars
  • Other footwear: 51.2 million dollars
  • Waterproof footwear: 21.6 million dollar