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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.

India clothing export boss hails new sustainability scheme 15 Aug 2017

The chairman of India's Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) has told just-style how a new national sustainability programme should help Indian clothing exporters become more competitive.

Next steps for India as an international sourcing hub? 6 Jul 2017

India's hopes of capturing more business within the international textile and clothing market lie in expanding its man-made fibre (MMF) production – combined with innovative product design, improved labour laws, quick delivery systems and drastically improved logistics, experts say.

India ban on cattle trade hurts leather sourcing sector 5 Jun 2017

A sudden shortage of leather in India, prompted by government religious policies on reducing cattle-related trades, is forcing major fashion brands to look for alternative sourcing destinations.

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Illicit dyeing units risk environmental safety in India 30 Jan 2018

Garment manufacturers in India's Tirupur region are increasingly getting their fabrics processed in Karnataka, using unauthorised factories that have not adopted Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD), in order to cut costs, according to local reports.

Modern slavery uncovered in India's garment sector 26 Jan 2018

Female migrants are being exploited by garment factories in India supplying to international fashion brands such as Benetton, Gap Inc, and Levi Strauss, a new report claims, with many subjected to conditions of modern slavery.

Applied DNA expands into Asia-Pacific with India lab 23 Jan 2018

In a move that supports its growing presence in the textile industry in the Asia-Pacific region, product authentication firm Applied DNA Sciences (APDN) has established a Central DNA Testing Laboratory in India.

Indian garment factories found "keeping women captive" 15 Jan 2018

Indian garment suppliers for large brands including Hugo Boss, Mothercare, Debenhams and Primark have been enforcing slave labour by holding female workers captive, an investigation has found.

India eases retail investment and sourcing rules 12 Jan 2018

The Indian government has approved further reforms to foreign investment in single brand retail, and has eased a rule requiring at least 30% of the products sold to be sourced locally.

India and Jordan to sign textiles cooperation deal 5 Jan 2018

India and Jordan are to sign a cooperation agreement that will enhance the trade exchange of items such as textiles between the two countries.

Pratibha Syntex awarded for exports and sustainability 21 Dec 2017

Pratibha Syntex Ltd, a vertically integrated, sustainability-oriented manufacturer of knitted textiles and garments, has received recognition for its export growth and environmental sustainability efforts.

Welspun India patents fibre-tracking technology 20 Dec 2017

Welspun India, a subsidiary of the company embroiled in controversy last year over the provenance of its cotton, has developed and is testing what it claims is the first patented fibre-tracking technology for application in the global textile market.

Child labour prevalent in Agra's footwear sector 19 Dec 2017

More collaboration is needed among buyers, suppliers, government, civil society, and communities to reduce the incidence of child labour in the Indian city of Agra – a major source of leather and footwear.

India approves special package for leather sector 18 Dec 2017

The Indian government has approved a special INR26bn (US$404m) package to generate employment in the leather and footwear sectors.