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Tex-Styles India draws the limelight on Indian textiles

The eighteenth edition of Tex-Styles India Fair is being held on in New Delhi from February 21 to 24, 2017. The exhibitors are companies active in cotton, silk, wool, synthetics, power looms, jute, blended and other fibers space. At the inaugural of Tex Styles Rajneesh, Executive Director ITPO said “This is the flagship event of India Trade Promotion (ITPO). The event is being held in Pragati Maidan. This is a flagship event for ITPO. India is the third largest global exporter of textiles with six per cent of global textile trade. In clothing our share globally is three per cent. Traditionally India has been a frontrunner in textiles.” He said the textile sector has the inherent power of transforming lives across the world. Rajneesh also said Pragati Maidan as a venue has a tradition of supporting and promoting the export sector. Now there is a plan of upscaling facilities. “The project is to the tune of Rs 2,400 crores. It will have the state of the art convention center with a combined capacity of 7,000 people. The exhibiting space right now is 65,000 sq. mt. which will be more than doubled.”

The partner state for Tex-Styles this time is Jammu and Kashmir. Yasha Mudgil, Addl. Resident Commissioner, J & K said “This is the first time Jammu and Kashmir has partnered in the textile fair. Jammu and Kashmir is known for handicrafts whether in textiles or wood carvings and is known for shawls, carpets. But the arts and handicrafts of Kashmir haven’t been promoted to the extent they deserve. A lot needs to be done. Artisans deserve a better deal. I have seen people weaving pashmina with their hands. It takes a lot of effort and time. Weaving a pashmina shawl takes six to eight months. A jamawar can take up to five years. The eyes take a lot of beating and become dim at 45 or 50 years. Effort should be made to reach out to these artisans directly. The middleman should be eradicated. Retailers buy from the artisans at minimum price. Artists should get not only appreciation but rewards. This is essential to keep the art alive.”

On his part V. K. Kohli, Director & Officer Incharge, Govt of India, Ministry of Textiles, Regional Office of the Textile Commissioner said, “The legacy of the fair and exhibition will continue uninterrupted during the process of development of Pragati Maidan. The textile commissioner is organizing such exhibitions all over India. The government has a package for boosting apparel production and exports.”