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Surat to venture into western apparel manufacturing

Surat is planning to enter production and export of western wear. Saris and dress materials worth Rs 110 crores are traded at the textile wholesale markets in Surat on a daily basis. But it is felt Indian or ethnic garments have a market only in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan. So textile entrepreneurs want to grab the opportunity and manufacture western outfits and increase garment exports across the globe.

Surat is the country's biggest man-made fabric hub. The polyester fabric hub employs over 10 lakh workers. If textile entrepreneurs set up western outfit manufacturing unit, the employment in the textile industry is expected to rise from 10 to 20 lakh.

Right now there are just a few players in the textile industry manufacturing western kurtis and leggings. Most textile players make Indian outfits including saris, chudidars, lehengas, Punjabi dresses, etc. Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Delhi, Kolkata and Ahmedabad have been manufacturing western and indo-western outfits for the domestic and export markets. Most western outfits are exported to UAE, the US and Europe.

 
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