Tirupur: The 47th edition of three-day ‘India International Knit Fair’ which concluded on Wednesday saw buyers from across the globe come down to Tirupur scouting for quality garments.

According to Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC), buyers from Sri Lanka, Mauritius, the UAE, Sharjah, the US, the UK, Bangladesh, Europe and Canada visited the fair. Sponsored by the Union textile ministry, the fair was organized by the AEPC. Thirty-nine leading exporters from Tirupur, Coimbatore, Chennai, and Kolkata displayed their products in the fair.

AEPC said the exporters were overwhelmed with the response and hope that the fair would yield business deals to the tune of Rs 300 crore.

The fair had summer/winter collections in knitwear, space dyed yarn garments, cotton, polyester, poly cotton, polyester-viscose blended fabric apparels, special garments made from banana cotton blend. The banana cotton blend with 80%cotton and 20%banana fibre with an inherent property of offering comfort, particularly attracted the buyers, according to AEPC. Garments with reverse print, cold pigment dyed, 3D print, acid spray styles, tie and dyed, bio washed, enzyme washed were also showcased.

Chairman of India Knit Fair Association A Sakthivel noted that the fair was organized in the backdrop of the current scenario where China’s trade is affected due to COVID-19, the UK has detached itself from the European Union and Vietnam and Cambodia are exempted from import duty due to Free Trade Agreement.

“This is expected to make India a preferred market for buyers from western countries. Also, countries which were depending on China have learnt a lesson that they should have an alternate market for sourcing,’’ he said.

Published On : 19-02-2020

Source :  Times of India

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