In an era of global slowdown and Indian textile industry is trying its level best to compete in the export, the recent fair by AEPC discusses on how India can advantage out of the sequence of events happening globally.

The 47 th edition of India International Knit Fair featuring all seasons was organized by Apparel Export Promotion Council (Sponsored by Ministry of Textiles, Govt of India) under the umbrella of India Knit Fair Association at IKFA Complex, Tirupur recently. The fair was inaugurated by S.Gunasekaran, Member of Legislative Assembly, Tirupur (South), M.Karunakaran, IAS, Director of Handlooms and Textiles, Govt. of Tamilnadu in the presence of Dr. A.Sakthivel, Chairman, Apparel Export Promotion Council and India Knit Fair

Association, B. Shanmuga Sundaram, Vice Chairman, IKFA, Easwaran, President, SIHMA, Buyers, Buying Agents, Exhibitors, Trade Members, and Government Officials. Inaugurating the event, S.Gunasekaran, MLA, Tirupur (South) expressed happiness that such an international event is happening in Tirupur and appreciated the efforts of Dr A .Sakthivel for organizing the same.

He expressed that the State Government is helping out the manufacturing sector to make the state as number one. Karunakaran, informed that the recent Textile Policy will support the growth of knitting and textile sector in the State. He said this after recalling the recommendations made in the 2019 Textile Policy such as incentives for processing, knitting and powerloom sectors and for setting up of industrial parks in the state. “The Government is keen in developing industrial sectors in the state for textile and apparel sector. He further greeted the exhibitors of the fair, appreciated their variety of

display and expressed that such fairs exclusively for knitwear garments showcase to the world about our innovative products and will certainly bring in a lot of business.”

In his speech, Sakthivel, informed that 47th edition of India Knit Fair was organized in the backdrop of the current economic scenario. “China’s Trade with other countries is greatly affected due to Corona virus while U.K has detached itself from the European Union. On the other side, Vietnam and Cambodia are exempted from Import Duty due to Free Trade Agreement. This is expected to make India a preferred market for sourcing for the buyers from US/UK/Europe and Canada etc. Also the countries which were depending on China have learnt a lesson that they should have an alternate market for sourcing, which have made India as their preferred destination.”, he concluded.

New Cotton form factors gets attention:

The wide range of discplay in this fair included Summer/Winter collections in knitwear for infants, kids, men and women. Space dyed yarn garments made from mélange yarn dyed stripes and jacquard were displayed along with cotton, Polyester, Poly cotton, Polyester-viscose blended fabric apparels. Specially garments made from banana cotton blend have well attracted visitors. Banana cotton blend with 80%cotton and 20%banana fibre has the property very cool

and comfort. Garments with reverse print, cold pigment dyed, 3D print, acid spray styles, tie and dyed, bio washed, enzyme washed, etc also were showcased. It is also noticed that the manufacturers are now working on special designs, different types of packaging methods and also visual merchandising.

A total number of 39 leading Exporters from Tiruppur, Coimbatore, Chennai, and Kolkatta have participated and displayed their products. They have expressed their satisfaction and have shown interest in participating future events at Tirupur. The selection of Stall Awards was done in an unbiased and transparent way by a Committee of Technical Experts and the Special committee has selected the Best Exhibitors Awards and Appreciation Certificates to the following Exhibitors:

M/s. PGR Exports, Tirupur : BEST EXHIBIT

M/s. Ahill Knit Exports, Tirupur : FIRST RUNNER-UP

M/s. True Worth Inc, Tirupur : SECOND RUNNER-UP


 R Ramu, Committee Member of India Knit Fair Association, Vasanth Exe.Secy, India Knit Fair Association with participants were distributed these Awards and Appreciation Certificates to the winner Exhibitors. P Gouthamraj, MD of PGR Exports,  M Aravind, MD of Ahill Knit Exports and Shri R M Chandra Kumar, GM of True Worth Inc and Prakash of Twin Birds received their respective awards.