Bharat Tex 2024 To Showcase Handloom & Handicraft From 5 States

The domestic apparel & textile industry in India contributes approximately 2.3 per cent to the country’s GDP, 7 per cent to industrial production and 11 per cent to exports


Bharat Tex 2024 is set to witness a confluence of handloom and handicraft traditions from Gujarat, Maharashtra, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. Five Indian states are set to captivate the spotlight as they present a shared narrative of artistic excellence, featuring handloom craftsmanship and unveiling textile innovations.

With Uttar Pradesh & Maharashtra coming on board as the ‘Partner State’, Bharat Tex 2024 unveils Gujarat, Telangana and Madhya Pradesh joining as the ‘Supporting Partner States’. Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Assam will be setting up state pavilions at the global textile event. From Madhya Pradesh’s Batik printing, hand-block printing, Chanderi and Maheshwari silk, Gujarat’s Bandhani, Patola silk, hand-painting, Uttar Pradesh’s Chikankari, Zari-Zardozi, Maharashtra’s Paithani saree, Warli Art, Mashru and Himroo to Andhra Pradesh’s Jute, hand-drawn Kalamkari, handwoven Dharmavaram sarees and Mangalagiri cotton weaves, Bharat Tex 2024 will boast globally acclaimed states’ handicraft and handloom traditions and state’s progressive initiatives in terms of policies, innovative technologies and initiatives like the upcoming textiles parks.

Commenting on the state partnership, Eknath Sambhaji Shinde, Chief Minister, Maharashtra said, “I am proud to announce Maharashtra's participation as Partner State at Bharat Tex 2024. As the largest international exposition in India, the event is shaping up to be the largest platform for industry collaboration and innovation. Maharashtra has been a significant part of the growth story of the textile and apparel sector in India; be it the rich cultural tradition of the Paithani saree or the advancement of Smart Textiles by a few aspiring start-ups. The textile and technical textile sectors play a significant role in shaping Maharashtra's economic landscape and we are committed to nurturing its continued success. Maharashtra will ensure that every thread spun adds to the rich tapestry of our nation's progress, towards a Viksit Bharat in 2047.”

On Madhya Pradesh joining as a ‘Supporting Partner State’, Dr Mohan Yadav, Chief Minister, Madhya Pradesh, said “Prosperity of Madhya Pradesh lies in the progress of its industries. Establishment of industries results in the growth of employment opportunities. The state government is committed to achieving comprehensive development fostering good governance and implementing an effective system.”

With Gujarat coming on board as a ‘Supporting Partner State, Bhupendra Patel, Chief Minister, Gujarat said “For Gujarat, Textile is not just an industry, but also a tradition and a legacy which we present to the world through the magic of our handicrafts and machines. The growth of the textiles sector lies in the growth of India and the growth of job opportunities. Our textile industry stands as a beacon that realises 5F (Farm to Fibre to Factory to Fashion to Foreign), the concept presented by our Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Today, Gujarat has become a centre of attraction for the importers of garments across the globe. Gujarat is the highest contributing state in woven fibre production across the Nation, reflecting our ambition to become a leader in ‘Make in India’ and ‘Make for the World.”

With Telangana coming on board as a ‘Supporting Partner State’, Anumula Revanth Reddy, Chief Minister, Telangana said, “Historically, textiles have a unique relationship with the development of civilisation, and India has had a unique leadership position in the world for textiles. The Bharat Tex 2024, seen in such a context, is a welcome initiative by the Export Promotion Councils, not just for showcasing India's unique textile products to the world but also as a platform for attracting investments into the textile and apparel sector. Telangana has a vibrant, diverse and rich heritage of handlooms, including Gadwal, Narayanpet, Pochampalli ikkat varieties of cloth, handicrafts like Banjara art, Bidri and more. Telangana is also a leading manufacturing hub for textiles, with a strong presence in all of the 5F sectors. With Bharat Tex 2024, we are looking forward to leveraging a sui generis platform to showcase the Telangana textile story to the entire world.”

Ministry of Textiles is hosting the Bharat Tex Memento Design Contest on the official MyGov website, centred around the theme ‘Threads of Tradition and Innovation’ at Bharat Tex. The first runner-up will receive a cash prize of Rs 10,000 followed by Rs 3,000 and Rs 2,000 for the second and third winners, respectively. The winning design will be presented to esteemed dignitaries during Bharat Tex 2024.

The culmination of the Textile Sustainability Awards 2024, organised by The Confederation of Indian Textile Industry (CITI), is set to grace the prestigious Bharat Tex event at Bharat Mandpam in New Delhi on 27 February 2024. This event will bring together leaders in the industry, policymakers, and sustainability champions, creating a platform to celebrate the remarkable strides made by the textile industry towards a more sustainable and environmentally aware future.

Participation from leading international textile companies, including Fortum, Lenzing, H&M, Busana Group, and Hyosung Corp highlights India's expanding influence in the global textile sector, indicating a favourable prospect for heightened investments in the nation's textile industry. Besides industry participation, ministerial and business delegations are also expected from key textile hubs, including Australia, Italy, Turkey, South Korea, Bangladesh, Russia, Peru, Egypt, and Thailand to attend.

While these collaborations represent a substantial stride towards advancing growth, innovation, and sustainability within the textile industry, the event spread across nearly two lakh square feet area. More than 50 knowledge sessions, will bring forth a mix of companies showcasing apparel, Home Furnishings, Floor Coverings, Fibres, Yarns, Threads, Fabrics, Printing Techniques, Carpets, Silk, Textiles based Handicrafts, Technical Textiles and much more.

The textile event features over 3,500 exhibitors and more than 40,000 visitors from over 40 countries.

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