It’s no wonder that home textiles are a significant part of the global textile market. People have been able to invest more money in the home textiles segment due to their growing economic condition, which has been aided by several modern financial developments. As we move from west to east around the globe, per capita expenditure tends to decrease.

India has consolidated its position as the world’s second largest exporter of home textiles, after China, over the last few years. India is the largest exporter of home textiles as well as the largest consumer.

India has become a major supplier of a large variety of home textile products, such as linens and domestic products, to markets all over the world. The product range, which is traditionally created in contemporary designs, colours, and given with a hint of creativity, fascinates buyers of Indian home textile products.

India’s export potential for home textiles is increasing, and import penetration of home textiles into the US, UK, UAE and other markets is predicted to rise significantly.

Though, the Covid-19 pandemic has slowed down the home textile exports initially in 2020, India has witnessed a significant growth in the exports by the end of July, 2021. 

By July 2020, exports of Blankets and Travelling Rugs was worth around 79.01 million USD which increased to 108.24 million USD by July, 2021. India exported Bed linen, Table linen, Toilet linen and Kitchen linen worth 1260 million dollars by the end of July, 2021 increasing its global share by 81.8%. Exports of Curtains, Drapes, Interior blinds, Valances increased by just 5.20% percent to 89.35 million USD by July 2021, from 84.94 million USD in 2020. Furnishing articles, nes, Except mattresses, etc exports were totalled $805.09 million at the end of July 2020 which climbed up to 1247.32 million dollars by July, 2021. 

Exports of Blankets and Travelling Rugs

With imports of 9.33 million USD in June 2020 and 10.7 million USD in June 2021, USA has remained the top importer of Blankets and Travelling Rugs since 2020. In July 2020, India exported products worth 0.43 million dollars, which grew to 0.5 million dollars in July 2021. India exported 1.83 million USD worth blankets and Travelling Rugs to Australia by the end of July, 2020 which declined by 4.9% to 1.74 million USD by July, 2021. China, Canada, and Sweden imported products worth around 1.7 million. UAE’s global share increased by 13% with the imports of 1.56 million dollars during the period of January to July of 2021.

Exports of Bed linen, Table linen, Toilet linen and Kitchen linen

In both years, USA took the lead with imports of Bed linen, Table linen, Toilet linen and Kitchen linen totalling 443.12 million USD and 877.15 million USD, respectively. Imports of China have increased by 97.95%. By July 2021, India supplied Canada with Bed linen, Table linen, Toilet linen and Kitchen linen valued 877.15 million USD. Germany’s imports worth $24.4 at the end of 2020, rising to $38.93 million by July 2021. By July 2021, UK and Australia have imported products worth 36.33 and 34.58 million dollars increasing their global share 23.32% and 73.86% respectively. UAE’s imports were worth 11.16 million USD as of July, 2020 which gradually hiked at the end of July, 2021 to 16.65 million USD. By July 2021, imports from the rest of the world increased by 39%.

Exports of Curtains, Drapes, Interior blinds, Valances

With exports worth 26.93 million USD in 2020 and 46.51 million USD in 2021, USA remained in the first position in both years increasing its share in imports by 72.71%. As of July 2021, India’s exports to France and Germany were $6.24 and $5.56 million. On the other hand, Exports of Curtains, Drapes, Interior blinds, Valances to UAE dropped significantly by 85.51%, from 38.37 million USD in the year 2020 to 5.56 million USD by the end of July, 2021. In 2021, China imported 1.41 million USD worth of Curtains, Drapes, Interior blinds, Valances. From January to July 2021, India’s overall exports of these products climbed by just 5.2%.

Exports of Furnishing articles, nes, Except mattresses, etc

India exported Furnishing articles, nes, Except mattresses, etc valued 455.57 million dollars by July 2020 to USA which climbed up to 724.39 million dollars at the end of July, 2021. USA’s global share in the imports of these products is 58.08%. UK and Germany imported products worth 61.72 and 43.49 million dollars by 31st July, 2021 taking its global share to 4.95 and 3.49% respectively. Both Canada and Australia’s global share increased by approximately 94% with imports worth 39.12 and 37.08 million USD in the corresponding period of 2021. By the end of July, 2021 UAE and Spain imported Furnishing articles, nes, Except mattresses, etc valued around 21 million USD. Total imports of other countries were worth 235.84 million USD by the end of July, 2021 which was far less than USA’s total imports.

Blankets and Travelling Rugs

Country July 2020 July 2021 Jan – July
2020
Jan – July
2021
% Change % Share in
Total Exports
USA             9.33            10.79          50.40                69.99  38.9                 64.66 
Germany             0.66              0.47            2.82                4.11  45.7                 3.80 
UK             0.43              0.50            2.09                3.16  51.2                   2.92 
Nepal             0.05              0.14            0.52                1.76  238.5                 1.63 
Australia             0.27              0.25            1.83                1.74  -4.9                   1.61 
China             0.20              0.08            1.23                1.69  37.4                 1.56 
Canada             0.28              0.37            1.22                1.64  34.4                   1.52 
Sweden             0.07              0.17            0.62                1.63  162.9                 1.51 
UAE             0.27              0.19            1.38                1.56  13.0                   1.44 
Poland             0.18              0.17            0.58                1.37  136.2                 1.27 
Others             3.34              3.03          16.31                19.50  19.6                 18.02 
Total           15.13            16.18          79.01              108.24  37.0             100.00 

 

Bed linen, Table linen, Toilet linen and Kitchen linen

Country July 2020 July 2021 Jan – July
2020
Jan – July
2021
% Change % Share in
Total Exports
USA 82.09 160.83 443.12 877.15 97.95 69.62
Canada 3.54 8.09 21.77 43.64 100.46 3.46
Germany 4.69 6.59 24.4 38.93 59.55 3.09
UK 4.18 5.76 29.46 36.33 23.32 2.88
Australia 4.62 5.34 19.89 34.58 73.86 2.74
Netherlands 2.61 3.03 17.63 22.81 29.38 1.81
Israel 2.27 3.97 9.22 18.7 102.82 1.48
France 1.81 2.2 8.39 17.58 109.54 1.40
UAE 1.97 2.96 11.16 16.65 49.19 1.32
Poland                     1.27              1.78              5.52            11.28  104.3                         0.90 
Others                   20.65            25.48          102.36          142.26  39.0                             11.29 
Total                 129.81          226.08          693.00        1,260.00  81.8                     100.00 

 

Curtains, Drapes, Interior blinds, Valances

Country July 2020 July 2021 Jan – July
2020
Jan – July
2021
% Change % Share in
Total Exports
USA 6.17 8.09 26.93 46.51 72.71 52.05
France 0.56 1.05 3.36 6.24 85.71 6.98
Germany 0.47 0.86 2.77             5.56  100.72 6.22
UAE 5.19 0.56 38.37 5.56 -85.51 6.22
Sweden 0.4 1.02 1.49 3.49 134.23 3.91
Japan 0.31 0.26 1.69 2.42 43.20 2.71
UK 0.24 0.36 1.02 2.27 122.55 2.54
Canada 0.15 0.31 0.85 1.84 116.47 2.06
China 0.13 0.16 1.06 1.41 33.02 1.58
Saudi Arabia         0.08          0.27              0.40              1.39  247.5                 1.56 
Others         1.92          2.12              6.95            12.62  81.6                 14.12 
Total         15.65        15.09            84.94            89.35  5.2             100.00 

 

Furnishing articles nes, Except mattresses, etc

Country July 2020 July 2021 Jan – July
2020
Jan – July
2021
% Change % Share in
Total Exports
USA 110.56 110.68 455.57 724.39 59.01 58.08
UK 7.45 10.1 34.79 61.72 77.41 4.95
Germany 7.98 6.76 34.72 43.49 25.26 3.49
Canada 4.9 7.66 20.13 39.12 94.34 3.14
Australia 3.92 5.35 19.1 37.08 94.14 2.97
France 3.59 5.46 18.51 29.43 59.00 2.36
UAE 2.17 3.71 13.96 21.1 51.15 1.69
Spain 2.61 3.91 16.75 20.58 22.87 1.65
Italy 2.56 2.45 14.92 18.79 25.94 1.51
Sweden           1.75            2.69              7.97              15.66  96.5               1.26 
Others         32.09          38.73          168.60            235.84  39.9                 18.91 
Total       179.62        197.51          805.09        1,247.32  54.9           100.00 

Data Source: Ministry of Commerce and Industry

By Somasree Roy