Indian textile exports slipped almost two per cent in the first quarter amid sharp falls in wool and garment orders from overseas companies, official figures revealed on Tuesday.

Industry chiefs said total textile exports fell 1.8 per cent to $2.7 billion in the 13 weeks to the end of June versus $2.74bn in the year-ago period, despite a 20 per cent jump in exports of synthetic textiles to $322 million.

Cotton exports rose 1.8 per cent to $802m but those gains were offset by a seven per cent slide in exports of ready-made garments to $1.1bn and a whopping 39 per cent plunge in woollen items to $47m.

Silk exports fell 1.7 per cent to $96.4m while the official data also revealed cloth and yarn output fell 5.7 per cent during the quarter, although production of man-made filament yarn rose almost 10 per cent.