Over the last few decades, Rajasthan has emerged as a successful textile hub. Given the labour-intensive nature of the sector, the Rajasthan government has identified it as one of the thrust areas. Recently, the Rajasthan government signed MoUs worth Rs 2,530 crore with several private companies envisaging establishments in various textile units, which would generate about 8,000 direct jobs and thousands of indirect ones.
The investment proposals cover technical textile, recycled fibre, spinning, yarn, seamless garments, denim fabric, etc.
Currently, the sector is providing direct and indirect jobs to nearly seven lakh people and contributes 17 per cent to Rajasthan’s exports. The State has emerged as the largest producer of polyester viscose yarn and synthetic suiting material in the country with Bhilwara becoming the leading centre. While Barmer has been added in the list of towns of export excellence, Pali and Balotra have been planned to be developed as centers of excellence for textile processing. Besides PV suiting, the state has also made a name for itself in the processing of low-cost and low-weight fabric.
Bhilwara and Kishangarh are major powerloom centres in the State. Over 20,000 functional looms and over 95 crore metres of different blends of polyester fabrics such as polyester wool, polyester viscose modal, and polyester viscose elastane are produced annually in the state. While Jodhpur, Pali, Sanganer, and Kota are better known for traditional handloom, fabric and printing, Jaipur is being increasingly accepted as a fashion garment hub.