India’s weaving sector comprises of three distinct sectors viz. organized mills, power loom and handloom sector. India has an installed capacity of about 68,000 looms , 2.52 Million power loom and 2.38 Million handloom. Approximately, 95% of the weaving sector in India is un-organized in nature. Decentralized power-loom and hosiery sector contributes about 85% of total fabric production. Processing segment is dominated by large number of independent, small-scale enterprises. There are about 3.8 Lakh weaving mills across India with majority of the mills situated in Maharashtra (39%), followed by Tamil Nadu (23%) and Uttar Pradesh (15%).
Approximately 95% of the weaving sector in India is unorganized in nature. The decentralized power loom and hosiery sector contributes 85% of total fabric production. India has one of the largest installed production bases in the world in weaving sector but at the same time it uses old technology with low productivity and quality levels. In terms of technology adoption in the weaving sector, India has only 2% share in global shuttle-less looms installed capacity.