Held on 22nd &23rd May 2017  at Ashoka Convention Hall,Manekshaw Centre, Parade Road, Delhi Cantt - 110010


The 3rd Defence,  ITTA (Indian Technical Textile Association) Joint Seminar cum exhibition was inaugurated by Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, Hon’ble Minister of Textiles, Govt of India, on May 22 at Manekshaw Centre. General Bipin Rawat, the Army Chief and senior officials from the Defence Services, MoD, MOT and technical textile Industry were present at the function.


The two days Seminar on 22nd & 23rd May 2017 included various topics related to innovations in protective clothing and uniforms along with medical, building, geo textiles, tentage and load carrying fabrics. Extreme cold weather clothing, light weight sleeping bags, special snow socks, snow goggles, thermal insoles and rucksacks  that are used at Siachen Glacier and other super high altitude areas were also covered. Industry showcased these products manufactured in India at a much cheaper price without effecting the quality.


The Hon’ble Minister of Textiles talked about the need to explore the advanced R&D facilities for improving the existing inventory of the Army. She assured assistance from the  Ministry, while reiterated the need for the industry to explore various business models and joint ventures. She  further talked about the distinction between ‘supplying’ and ‘serving’ and how the industry should strive to ‘serve our defence forces’.  She also told that the NTC (National Technical Cooperation) will set up high tech fibre manufacturing facility, which are currently being imported, and  also develop  specialised  product range for the armed forces.



 Genral Bipin Rawat shared that the joint initiatives between the Textile Ministry, MoD and industry that will assume great significance if the principal items of Ordnance Equipment Factory (OEF) will be offered to the Trade on a permanent basis over the next 3 to 5 years. He said, “There is huge budget with the Army that has been spent on textiles. It is high time that we look for the indigenous solutions “.


 Lt Gen RR Nimbhorkar, Master General of Ordnance (MGO) apprised the delegates of specific areas where improvements were needed. He urged the industry for early indigenisation of the three layered special suits, sleeping bags, boots, muti-purpose and modular gloves that are being used in the super high altitude areas besides products improvement for Extreme Cold Clothing (ECC), mattress kapok, face mask, etc. The MGO reiterated that the industry has a lot of scope for participating in the Rs 3000 crore general stores and clothing requirements.



On behalf of the technical textile industry,  Mr Pramod Khosla, Chairman ITTA and Dr KS Sundararajan, Vice Chairman, ITTA assured the Army officials of their constant support. Stalls from various business houses manufacturing and dealing with technical textiles and Army’s present clothing and general stores inventory were exhibited. 


A collective display at concluding day of SAC annual member meeting


With a purpose to promote sustainability in the country’s textile industry, India’s leading lifestyle and fashion conglomerate, Arvind Limited has today showcased its sustainable collection of clothing through a fashion show. The successful showcase was held on the side-lines of Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) annual member meeting in Bangalore. The display included sustainable collection of products by Arvind such as Denim, tops, shirts, Khadi clothes etc.


A beautifully choreographed event by Bangalore-based renowned fashion stylist and choreographer Prasad Bidapa was witnessed by around 250 guests from leading brands, manufacturers, NGOs and Academia. A 45-minutes fashion showcase was divided into three brief segments in order to present a comprehensive sustainability-focused product portfolio by Arvind Limited. The first part emphasised on sustainable input material that includes clothes manufactured by using environment-friendly cotton, recycled polyester etc. The second segment focused on various practices that play a significant role in producing sustainable garments. And, the last piece promoted the Indian craftsmanship approach by showcasing clothing made from Khadi and local handlooms. Production of such products carries a huge demand overseas; hence this can become a significant part of Indian textile export industry.



On the successful completion of the event,Mr.PunitLalbhai – Executive Director, Arvind Limited said,“Sustainability is the new buzz word in the textile industry worldwide and it has always been our key-focus area. With our strong research and development team,it has always been our constant endeavour to innovate new apparel manufacturing techniques. Today, thanks to SAC annual meeting, we got an opportunity to showcase an entire range of sustainable clothing.”


Also present at the event,Mr.Ashish Kumar – CEO, Shirts, Arvind Limited said, “In current times, Sustainability has become need of the hour and we all should take necessary steps to make our environment pollution free. We take immense pride in today’s fashion showcase, wherein we could display a variety of our clothing manufactured by using environment-friendly products and practices.”



Arvind Limited has also received Asia's Best First Time Sustainability Report awardat the recently concluded 2016 Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards (ASRA) in Singapore. Arvind was also declared joint winner in the Asia’s Best Materiality Reporting category where it shared the award with Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation.


About Arvind Limited


Arvind Limited is one of India’s largest integrated textile and apparel companies with a strong retail presence. Arvind is also the pioneer of denim in India with a turnover of around US$1.3 billion in FY2015-16. Arvind has an unmatched portfolio of owned, licensed brands and retail formats. The company’s own product brands include Megamart (recently rebranded as Unlimited), Flying Machine, Colt, Ruggers, Excalibur among others while its licensed product brands have big global names like GAP, Arrow, Gant, Izod, Elle, Cherokee, US Polo Assn, TheChildren’s Place and Sephora, to name a few. It has a joint venture in India with global majors Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein.




Shipments of long-staple spindles and open-end rotors were up, while those of short-staple spindles were down.Shipments of draw-texturing spindles and circular-knitting machines decreased, while those of shuttle-less looms and electronic flat knitting machines increased.


Deliveries of new long-staple spindles and open-end rotors soared by nearly 111% and 66%, respectively from 2015 to 2016. The number of shipped short-staple spindles decreased in 2016 by 12% compared to the previous year. The number of shipped draw-texturing spindles fell by 14% and shipments for new circular knitting machines by 3% year-on-year. In contrast, deliveries of electronic flat knitting machines soared by 99% in 2016. In the segment of finishing machines (fabrics continuous), the number of stenters increased in 2016 year-on-year by 22%.


These are the main results of the 39th annual International Textile Machinery Shipment Statistics (ITMSS) just released by the International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF). The report covers six segments of textile machinery, namely spinning, draw-texturing, weaving, large circular knitting, flat knitting and finishing. The 2016 survey has been compiled in cooperation with more than 140 textile machinery manufacturers, representing a comprehensive measure of world production. This number does not include the numerous Chinese companies that are represented by the so called “District”. Therefore, the amount of participating companies is likely to be around 200.


Spinning Machinery


Shipments of new short-staple spindles fell by nearly 12% year-on-year in 2016, the third decrease in a row. The level of short staple spindles declined to about 7.9 million spindles, the lowest level since 2009. Most of the new short staple sindles (92%) were shipped to Asia, whereby shipments fell by 12% year-on-year. Thereby China, the world’s largest investor of short-staple spindles, experienced an increase of 9%, whereas delieveries to Bangladesh, Indonesia and Vietnam rose by 97%, 4% and 31%, respectively. The six largest investors in short-staple spindles in 2016 where China followed by India, Bangladesh, Viet Nam, Turkey and Pakistan.


Global shipments of long-staple (wool) spindles soared by 111% from around 54’000 in 2015 to nearly 114’000 in 2016. Deliveries to Turkey, one of the main investors in long-staple spindles in the last few years, jumed by 153% from just around 11’000 in 2015 to around 27’800 spindles in 2016. The majority of long-staple spindles (60%) were shipped to Europe (including Turkey). Nearly 39% of long-staple spindles had Asia as destination.


Shipments of open-end rotors rose by 66% to a level over 634,000 rotors in 2016. About 92% of worldwide shipments of open-end rotors were destined for Asia. Thereby, deliveries to Asia increased strongly by over 87% to nearly 583’000 rotors. Shipments to China, the world’s largest investor in open-end rotors, increased its investments signifcantly by around 92% in 2016. In contrast, regions such as North America and South America recorded annual percentage declines of 72% and 53%, respectively. The world’s second and third largest investors in 2016 were India and Turkey.


Texturing Machinery


Global shipments of single heater draw-texturing spindles (mainly used for polyamide filaments) jumped by 608% from over 1’200 in 2015 to nearly 8’500 in 2016. With a share of 57% Asia is the region where most of the single heater draw-texturing spindles were shipped to, followed by Western Europe with a share of 24% and South Amercia with a share of 19%.


In the segment of double heater draw-texturing spindles (mainly used for polyester filaments) the downward trend continued and global shipments fell by 17% on an annual basis to over 268’000 spindles. Asia’s share of worldwide shipments amounted to close to 84%. Thereby, China remained the largest investor accounting for 58% of global shipments.


Weaving Machinery

In 2016, worldwide shipments of shuttle-less looms increased by 4% to 84’700 units. Thereby, shipments of air-jet and water-jet shuttle-less looms increased by 15% (to 22’900) and by 6% (to 31’800), respectively. In contrast, rapier/projectile shuttle-less looms decreased by 6% to around 30’000 units.


Not surprisingly, the main destination of shipments of all shuttle-less looms (air-jet, water-jet and rapier/projectile) in 2016 was Asia with 91% of worldwide deliveries, of which 41% were water-jet looms and 32% rapier/projectile looms. In Europe and North America 73% and 56% of shipments were for rapier/projectile looms, while the share of water-jet looms was only 2% and 7%, respectively.


Circular & Flat Knitting Machinery


Global shipments of large circular knitting machines fell slightly by 3% to a level of around 26’200 units in 2016. Also for this category Asia is the world’s leading investor. 87% of all new circular knitting machines were shipped to Asia in 2016. With 43% of worldwide deliveries China was the single largest investor. India and Bangladesh rank second and third with 4’200 and 2’200 units, respectively.


In 2016 the segment of electronic flat knitting machines soared by 99% to around 139,600 machines, the highest level ever. Not surprisingly, Asia received the highest share of shipments (94%). China remained by far the world’s largest investor for flat knitting machines in 2016. Thereby, Chinese investments increased from 35’500 units to 101’550, a global share of 73%.


Finishing Machinery


The 2016 edition of ITMF's International Textile Machinery Shipments Statistics included for the eleventh time also data on finishing machinery. However, the categories were revised in 2015. In the segment fabrics continuous shipments of some machine types increased in 2016 like dyeing-lines (CPB), sanforizing/compacting machines or stenters. In contrast, shipments of washing machines (stand-alone), bleaching-lines, mercerizing-lines and relax drying/tumbling machines decreased. In the segment fabrics discontinuous shipments of air-jet dyeing and jigger/beam dyeing machines fell, whereas those of overflow dyeing machines rose.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 07:55

Silk Eardrums


By: Seshadri Ramkumar, Texas Tech University, USA


Research effort on silk membranes as eardrum implants by Australian Scientists is closer to reality.


London-based UK Wellcome Trust has provided a major grant worth a few million dollars towards the development of silk membranes and its clinical trials, according to Deakin University in Australia.


Deakin University and Ear Science Institute of Australia are the winners of the major grant, which will enable the research to progress towards clinical trials.


Researchers, Rangam Rajkhowa and Ben Allardyce of Deakins’s Institute for Frontier Materials have developed silk based membranes along with scientists at the Ear Science Institute.


According to the researchers, silk membranes are thin and vibrate like natural eardrum. As they are biocompatible, they biodegrade when natural eardrum is regenerated.


The clinical trials will evaluate how the membranes adapt to the human ear environment.


According to Professor Xungai Wang, Director of the Institute for Frontier Materials at Deakin, the three-year project has been funded by Wellcome Trust as part of its Translation Fund.




The Companies are touting a new green process for denim finishing


Resil Chemicals, one of Asia’s leading textile finishing chemicals and auxiliary manufacturer has joined forces with Acticell GmbH, an Austrian Chemical research company committed to developing environmentally friendly, sustainable textiles. The collaboration is focused on developing a range of Green, sustainable chemical solutions for the denim industry.



Resil Chemicals is partnering with Acticell GmbH to eliminate what they consider a hazardous process of using potassium permanganate spray in the denim industry.



Most denim manufacturers rely on hazardous and environmentally damaging chemical processes like Potassium Permanganate treatments to create effects on denim. Potassium permanganate, considered as toxic and hazardous substance, is sprayed onto the denim fabric with a hand spray gun, exposing the factory employees to the danger of exposure to micro particles of Potassium permanganate.


“One of the innovative solutions offered by this collaboration is to substitute Potassium Permanganate with ACTIGO TM, a Laser Booster, powered by Green screen listed; patented Acticell® technology ”says Ganesh Srinivasan, Executive Director Innovation, Resil Chemicals. “ACTIGO”TM enables jeans manufacturers to move to a new process that eliminates the need for potassium permanganate (PP) spray and hand sand process. The new process of denim treatment carried out prior to Laser step helps to create the new look as well as replicates denim effects similar to that of hand sand and PP process on denim garments just by using ACTIGO TM- Laser combinations.


ACTIGO TM, a laser activated bleaching technology also helps in improving laser productivity thereby providing a cost neutral solution to switch over from Potassium permanganate sprays. Additionally, the new process saves water and energy in denim finishing and eliminates labour intensive hand sand and not to mention improving the safety of factory employees.



According to MS Vijayan, Joint Managing Director, Resil Chemicals, the results from early stages of development with major denim manufacturers have been very positive. “This treatment is now being used by major denim companies in North America and we seek to offer these solutions for South Asia.”


About Resil

Resil Chemicals is an innovation-driven, diversified chemical and performance materials manufacturer. In textiles, Resil provides cutting-edge solutions for the complete range of specialty finishes and auxiliaries. With a heritage of more than 25 years of product development and innovation for the textile industry, Resil is today one of Asia’s leading innovative formulators of silicones for textiles. The product range covers finishing, pre-treatment and specialty processes. Resil was one of the first companies to begin a process of transformation by exploring the power of silicones in diverse industries. The Company has developed new markets and now serves agriculture, paper, leather, personal care and many other specialty chemical industries. Resil‘s innovative, emerging technologies such as antimicrobials for various industrial applications such as textiles, plastics, and leather. Advanced Functional Materials for various specialty applications can also be customized on request.


For more information about Resil Chemicals,


please visit www.resil.com

Rudy Ricciotti wins Colored Concrete Works Award 2017


Cologne – Specialty chemicals company LANXESS presented its third Colored Concrete Works Award in Berlin on May 17, 2017, to a distinguished architect who has achieved something unique in the use of colored concrete. This year’s award goes to Rudy Ricciotti for his “Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée” (MuCEM) project in Marseille in the south of France. The building is constructed of a total of 1,100 cubic meters of concrete – in the form of prefabricated concrete slabs – and 250 cubic meters of in-situ concrete. The darkgray color tone was provided by the LANXESS pigments Bayferrox 330 and Bayferrox 318.


JörgHellwig, head of the Inorganic Pigments business unit (IPG) at LANXESS, presented the award at the specialty chemical company’s Berlin offices. He praised the project before an audience of guests representing the political, building industry and business communities: “Ricciotti’s elegant, contemporary structure blends perfectly into its historical surroundings at the port of Marseille. The ‘Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée’ therefore stands as a symbol of the symbiosis between the traditional and modern. At the same time, it unites esthetics with functionality. Through our Colored Concrete Works initiative, we want to honor unique works of architecture like this, while underlining the importance of colored concrete.”


Second place went to Nils Buschmann and Tom Friedrich for their “Residential buildings at the Old Locomotive Depot” project in Berlin. Third place went to Professor VasárosZsolt for “RudapithecusLátványtár,” the Spectacle Rudapithecus of Monkey Island landscape museum in Rudabánya, Hungary.


Composition of meaning, function and color


The Inorganic Pigments business unit launched the award worldwide in November 2016. Developers and architects were invited to submit completed building projects from around the globe through March 10, 2017. They were eligible to participate if the building was no older than 5 years and incorporated concrete colored with inorganic iron oxide or chrome oxide pigments.


From all the entries, the jury selected the “Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée” (MuCEM) as the winner. The museum is one of the most spectacular in France and among the 50 mostvisited in the world.


The aspects of function and color equally influenced the jury’s decision. The airy, mesh-like concrete structure enveloping the MuCEM is open to the Provençal sun, creating unique light effects. Situated on the outer tip of the Old Port, in the cultural and historical center of Marseille, the MuCEM with its dark color is an attractive contrast to the beige of the historical Fort Saint Jean that guards the entrance to the port. In this historically significant location, Ricciotti’s building draws its own identity from the textbook squareness of the plot and the horizontal profile.


Ricciotti had all the prefabricated slabs and 384 panels produced and prepared near the construction site so as to minimize environmental impact by keeping distances short and to enhance the identification of local residents with the museum by employing local craftsmen and specialists.


The international jury of experts that selected the “Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée” as this year’s winning project included: Professor Ralf Niebergall, Vice President of the German National Chamber of Architects, Ulrike Kunkel, Editor-in-Chief of “Deutsche Bauzeitung,” Professor Tobias Walliser, founder of the Laboratory for Visionary Architecture, Bernd Heuer, President of the agenda4 association, a network of companies and universities in the building and real estate industry, and LANXESS pigment experts Thomas Pfeiffer and Dr. Carsten Rosenhahn.


Airy lightness and solid permanence


Ricciotti deliberately chose black concrete as the building material for this project. Made of ultra-high-strength concrete, the building shows how airy lightness and solid permanence can be united in technological brilliance.


It was essential to Ricciotti that his distinctive building does not compete with the fort, but still stands out from its surroundings. At the same time, he wanted to make sure that its appearance and surface texture remain flawless in the long term, despite weather influences such as the moist, salty ocean air.


In a location like this, a facade coating would never have lasted long enough. The architect therefore decided to integrally color the concrete with Bayferrox 330 and Bayferrox 318 pigments from LANXESS. As a result of their excellent light stability and weather resistance, these color pigments are specially suited to the life span expected of concrete of at least 100 years.


Rudy Ricciotti, born on August 22, 1952, in Kouba, a suburb of the Algerian capital of Algiers, earned his degrees in architecture and engineering at the Ecoled’Architecture de Marseille (1980) and the Ecoled’Ingénieurs de Genève (1974). Ricciotti has received numerous awards for his work, including the “Grand Prix national de l’Architecture” in 2006.


He achieved international standing through his work as architect on significant projects in France and abroad, such as the National Choreographic Center in Aix-en-Provence, the “PotsdamerNikolaisaal” concert auditorium, the Footbridge of Peace in Seoul and the International Center of Art and Culture in Liège.


The Colored Concrete Works Award was first awarded in 2012 to David Chipperfield for his “Ciutat de la Justícia” project in Barcelona in Spain. The 2015 award went to the Japanese architect and interior designer Akihisa Hirata for his “Alp” apartment complex in Akabane-Nishi, Tokyo.


Colored Concrete Works – practical examples of color design for modern buildings


LANXESS is the world’s leading manufacturer of iron oxide color pigments and one of the leading producers of chrome oxide pigments, both of which have proven effective for decades in a wide variety of applications for coloring building materials, paints and coatings as well as plastics and paper.


Through the Colored Concrete Works initiative, LANXESS wants to inspire architects with ideas for working with colored concrete. “Numerous buildings are completed every year that have been colored with our pigments. From the various projects submitted to us as reference properties, or which we come across, we select the ones that we feel are most significant,” explains Thomas Pfeiffer, head of the EMEA region in the Inorganic Pigments business unit.




Go to www.colored-concrete-works.com to download all the case studies in various languages or order the print issues.

Saturday, 20 May 2017 08:40

Cotton Has Unique Strengths


By: Seshadri Ramkumar, Texas Tech University, USA

Cotton is pre-sold on its comfort attributes. In addition, it has certain environmental benefits.


With planting in serious mode on the High Plains of Texas, stakeholders of the industry gathered at 7.30AM in the office of Lubbock-based Plains Cotton Growers.


The meeting kicked-off with discussions about planting accomplished so far and then shifted to discuss about certain benefits of the natural fiber.


On an average about 20-30% of acreage has been planted in the High Plains.  In Lubbock County, 30% of acres have been planted. Wind has been strong recently and has deterred some producers from going on a high gear. As usual in the region, it is the rain, which will determine the amount of production. It is the not number of acres planted, ultimately, weather and the number of bales produced are what matter and will influence the price and hence the demand.


“Rain fixes a lot of things,” stated Shelley Heinrich, a cotton producer, who farms about 3000 acres in South of Lubbock. With higher prices, producers are expected to plant more cotton acres. In High Plains, this year, 60% of acreage will be dryland and 40% will be irrigated. In recent years we had slipped a little and irrigated acreage had dipped to around 35% stated Shawn Wade, Director of Policy Analysis at Plains Cotton Growers.


While discussing the benefits of cotton, it’s not only the comfort on which cotton is pre-sold, there are also environmental benefits. More and more consumers are aware of the problems caused due to the bio accumulation of micro synthetics in marine lives and ocean floors. Cotton being biodegradable can be a natural alternative to address this issue.


With the help of technology and good environmental stewardship, producers these days, use fewer resources such as water and chemicals in production. Even in the case of irrigation, High Plains’ producers practice supplemental irrigation techniques and are quick to adopt to water-savings management strategies.



Cotton’s natural benefits and improved manufacturing practices are enabling it to penetrate into high performance and active wear markets. The cotton sector needs to focus on imparting desirable functional characteristics to the fiber, without sacrificing its comfort to make it more attractive to these markets.



Offers an exquisite range of Khadi Fabrics & an array of ready to wear apparel ~


·         Raymond Khadi positioned to create its own niche in the fashion industry

·         Exclusive Trade Preview forRaymond’s expansive dealer network in India & select international markets

·         Khadi &Village Industries Commission certifies Raymond to use Khadi mark

·         An initiative to position Khadi as a ‘Fashion fabric’ globally

·         Collection to be available in top Raymond stores (350+) and select Multi Brand Outlets beginning August 2017


Reckoned for its many firsts in the industry,Raymond Limited - India’s leading Textile and Apparel conglomerate, launched India’s first branded Khadi label - ‘Khadi by Raymond’at a grand event in Mumbai. This mega launch witnessed theaugust presence of Hon’ble Minister of State (MSME) Shri Giriraj Singh as the Chief Guest and Ms. Sumitra Kulkarni Gandhi, granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi as the Guest of Honor. Other honorary guests Hon’ble Cabinet Minister (Industry & Mining), Govt. of Maharashtra, ShriSubhashDesai,Hon’ble Cabinet Minister (Education),Govt. of Gujarat,Shri BhupendrasinhaChudasma, Ms.Ansu Sinha, CEO KVIC,Ms. Usha Suresh, FA, KVIC and others who graced this event.



KabirBedi,eminent Indian television & film actor andTannishtha Chatterjee, an Indian Film Actress weaved together the evening and created a sense of nostalgiawhilereminiscingIndia’s quest for independence and its association with Khadi as a symbol of self-sufficiency.


‘Khadi By Raymond’ is an exquisite range of fabric blends and ready to wear apparel that resonate with the Indian culture, upholds Raymond’s rich legacy that strikes a chord with today’s discerning Indian customer. Speaking during the occasion, Mr. Gautam Hari Singhania, Chairman & Managing Director – Raymond Limited said;“It is indeed a moment of pride to have Khadi – the fabric of our nation as a part of our product portfolio. Embodying some of the latest design trends and enhancing its quality Raymond Khadi is set to reposition Khadi as a fabric of choice,in line with the Hon. Prime Minister’s vision of promoting Khadi for Fashion and reinstating our commitment to Make in India initiative.”


This initiative is conceptualized under KVIC mark regulation Act and permits Raymond to promote the sale and marketing of Khadi or Khadi products of village industries or handicrafts and forge links with established marketing agencies through the PPP mode. Under this convergence, Raymond has agreed for a guaranteed minimum procurement of Khadi and Khadi products for a period of 5 years with primary purchases of muslin cotton, wool blendsand silk.


On the momentous occasion of the launch, Mr. V.K. Saxena, Chairman KVICsaid, “It is a historical moment that the best brains are coming in to get involved with Khadi.Today the agreement signed between KVIC and Raymond is bearing it's first fruit and the exclusive display of Khadi apparels will open a new avenue for Khadi market and this will serve the cause of rural artisans of our country and support the cause of Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for greater use of Khadi by every Indian.”


Currently, Khadi is being marketed by Khadi GramodyogBhavan’s stores as well as through the sales outlets run by the institutions financed by KVIC and KVIB. However, this strategic partnership will open new doors for Khadi through numerous Raymond outlets across the country as well as select international markets.



Also speaking during the occasion was Shri Giriraj Singh, Minister of State, MSME, Govt. of Indiawho stated; “The ministry of MSME has been undertaking numerous measures to not just revive but also strengthen the ailing units of Khadi. Public Private Partnerships such as the one with Raymond boosts industry confidence by ensuring market linkages that can lead to demand generation. The increase in demand for Khadi will thus be a positive measure for the economy creating numerous employment opportunities for artisans.”


As a part of the initiative Raymond will procure all India Khadi varieties and will send it to manufacturing plants for final finishing process ensuring superior product handle and finesse. Raymond will also bring in the design interventions at Khadi manufacturing clusters across the country along with providing technical expertise. The story Re-Spun signifies the value addition done by Raymond in entire value chain of Khadi production.


Raymond Khadi products will be available at KVIC outlets, The Raymond Shops across India and leading ecommerce portals.


About Raymond Limited


Raymond offers end-to-end solutions for fabrics and garmenting. It has some of the leading brands in its portfolio including Raymond Ready-to-Wear, Park Avenue, Parx, Color Plus,


Raymond Made to Measure amongst others. Raymond has one of the largest exclusive retail networks in the textile and fashion space in India.


As a part of the diversified Group, we also have business interests in men’s accessories, personal grooming & toiletries, prophylactics, energy drinks, files and tools and auto components.


Visit us today at https://raymondnext.com/to witness how we cater to the needs of 'The Complete Man'.


About KVIC

The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) is a statutory body established by an Act of Parliament (No. 61 of 1956, as amended by act no. 12 of 1987 and Act No.10 of 2006. In April 1957, it took over the work of former All India Khadi and Village Industries Board.

The Broad objectives of KVIC are:

1.       The social objective of providing employment;

2.       The economic objective of producing saleable articles, and

3.       The wider objective of creating self-reliance amongst the people and building up of a strong rural community spirit.


Visit: www.kvic.org.in  for complete information about KVIC. 


A joint initiative to ‘make cotton cool’, ShopClues starts an exclusive sale for cotton


Taking a step forward to promote the use of cotton and the highlight the cotton  industry, ShopClues, India’s first and largest managed marketplace, has partnered with Ministry of Textiles for its #CottonIsCool campaign to bring out the Indianness of cotton to beat the heat this summer.


ShopClues, under the initiative, has created a special #CottonIsCool page which will be active from 17th-20th May, 2017. Consumers using coupon code ‘cottoniscool’ will be offered a 10% discount on existing cotton products.


Speaking on the occasion, Radhika Aggarwal, Chief Business Officer and Co-founder, Shopclues, said, “It gives us immense pleasure to join hands with the Ministry of Textiles to promote the cotton industry. Cotton is a fabric that keeps one cool in scorching Indian summers, and we are sure that our customers spread across Bharat in over 30000 pin-codes will have a lot to choose from our wide range of cotton products we have on offer.”


Earlier, ShopClues had partnered with the Central Cottage Emporium and National Handloom Development Corporation to promote handcrafted, regional, and handloom products on the platform, which were part of its ‘IndiMarket’, an exclusive platform for locally sourced Indian products.


Customers can visit campaign link: http://www.shopclues.com/fashion/cotton-clothing.html, which will lead to ‘ONLY OF COTTON’ fabrics and garments. All the products available on this page will have posts and designs of cotton fabrics and clothes.



About Shopclues

Headquartered in Gurgaon, ShopClues was founded in 2011, as a preferred e-commerce destination for Real India - Buyers and Sellers in tier 2, tier 3, 4 cities and beyond.


With more than 100 million monthly visits, over 20 million listed products, 5,00,000 + merchants, over 7000 online brand stores, ShopClues services 30,000 pin codes across India.



Spearheaded by Sanjay Sethi & Radhika Aggarwal, ShopClues (an Indian subsidiary of Clues Network Inc., a US Corporation) was deemed a Unicorn in 2016 with the E Series Funding by Sovereign Wealth Fund GIC Pte Ltd. Other investors include Tiger Global Management LLC, Helion Venture Partners & Nexus Venture Partners.

Thursday, 18 May 2017 10:36

CITI elects its new office-bearers

The Confederation of Indian Textile Industry (CITI), New Delhi, the apex body representing the entire textile industry in the country, has elected its new office-bearers at its Committee meeting held on 12th May 2017.


Mr. J. Thulasidharan, Managing Director, The Rajaratna Group of Mills, Coimbatore having textile units in multi locations in Tamil Nadu is the new Chairman of CITI. Mr. Thulasidharan has also served as the Chairman of The Southern India Mills’ Association (SIMA), President of Open End Spinning Mills Association and SIMA Cotton Development & Research Association (SIMA CD&RA). He is also the President of Indian Cotton Federation, formerly known as South India Cotton Association. He is also holding the Directorship in Coimbatore Capital Limited and Coimbatore Commodities Limited.


Mr. T. Rajkumar, Chairman, Sri Mahasakthi Mills Limited, Kerala, Sri Arumuga Enterprise Limited and Foundation One Infrastructures Pvt Ltd, Tamil Nadu is the new Deputy Chairman of CITI. Mr. Rajkumar is the immediate Past Chairman of The Southern India Mills’ Association and Chairman & Managing Trustee of Global Pathway School, Coimbatore, Secretary of Nachimuthu Gounder Rukmani Ammal Charitable Trust, Pollachi, Tamil Nadu, apart from actively involved in various industrial bodies and educational institutions.


Mr. Sanjay K Jain, Managing Director of T T Limited, a vertically integrated textiles company (fibre to fashion) having its manufacturing units in various States of the country is the new Vice Chairman. Mr. Jain is the Chairman of NITRA and immediate Past Chairman of NITMA, Vice President of FOHMA and WBHA. He is also on the committees of TEXPROCIL, SIMA, FICCI Textiles Group and various other bodies.

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