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Ethical aspirations at odds with brand actions in South India 9 Sep 2019

A new report has surfaced alleging top fashion brands that are pledging to end worker exploitation in supply chains are hampering progress through "irresponsible sourcing practices".

New India government likely to review minimum wage 26 Jun 2019

India's new Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government is planning to increase the country's minimum wage rates – a move that could damage the current cost advantages enjoyed of Indian apparel exporters an industry body has warned.

Worker exploitation in India's home-based garment sector 4 Feb 2019

Home-based garment workers in India are "invisible" and "exploited" by major fashion retailers in the United States and European Union, according to a new in-depth survey – which also suggests brands should acknowledge their presence in supply chains as a first step to improving working conditions.

Gaps remain in India's move towards sustainability 12 Feb 2018

India's textile and garment industry is making strides in ensuring ethical compliance and environmental standards in its factories. Yet gaps still exist, and filling these will be key if it is to reach its full potential, cement long-term relationships with brands, and compete more effectively in Asia.

Unravelling the Indian garment export anomaly 8 Dec 2017

How is it possible that an industry that, for all practical purposes, is dominated by a single season can become one of the world's largest garment exporters? David Birnbaum takes a closer look at the Indian garment anomaly.

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Founder rescues online retailer Koovs from collapse 11 Dec 2019

India-based online fashion retailer Koovs Plc has been rescued from administration by its founder, the media entrepreneur and politician Lord Waheed Alli.

India factory fire underscores ongoing safety violations 10 Dec 2019

A fire that swept through a bag factory in the Indian capital Delhi at the weekend, killing 43 workers, has led to renewed calls for enforcement of factory fire and building safety regulations.

Reliance recycled polyester to be molecularly tagged 10 Dec 2019

Applied DNA Sciences is to molecularly tag recycled polyester from India's Reliance (RIL) Industries so that brands and retailers can be assure that their products are sustainable, traceable and authentic.

New Zealand and India institutes in circular fashion research 2 Dec 2019

New Zealand’s Massey University has teamed up with India’s National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) to develop concepts for innovative circular solutions for fashion design and production.

Hyosung begins operations at India spandex plant 28 Nov 2019

South Korean fibre giant Hyosung has begun commercial operation at its first spandex plant in India and says it is considering the Americas as the base for its next facility. 

India approves mega leather, footwear cluster 13 Nov 2019

India’s Government is said to have given its final approval for the setting up of the Mega Leather, Footwear and Accessories Cluster (MLFAC) in Kolkata.

Gap and Arvind eliminate fresh water at India denim mill 6 Nov 2019

Arvind Limited’s denim manufacturing facility in Ahmedabad in India is operating entirely with reclaimed water as part of ongoing efforts with US specialty apparel retailer Gap Inc to reduce the amount of water used in the apparel production pipeline.

H&M suppliers in India take part in GFA workshops 30 Oct 2019

More than 100 Indian suppliers to Swedish fashion retailer H&M have taken part in workshops to discuss the global framework agreement (GFA) that protects the rights of workers who make its products.

Myntra uses local tailors to help reduce returns 18 Oct 2019

Indian online fashion retailer Myntra, a Flipkart-owned platform, has come up with an ingenious way to reduce returns and refunds caused by ill-fitting clothes, by teaming up with local tailors to deliver items and carry out on-the-spot alterations.

Birla Cellulose viscose uses pre-consumer cotton waste 15 Oct 2019

Birla Cellulose, the pulp and fibre business of Indian textile conglomerate Aditya Birla Group, has achieved what it claims is a breakthrough in manufacturing viscose fibre using pre-consumer cotton fabric waste.