Home / Knowledge / News / Textiles / Japanese delegation in India to market high-end fabrics
Japanese delegation in India to market high-end fabrics
Dec '10
For the first time ever, a Japanese textile delegation was in Mumbai to solicit Indian apparel manufacturers and retailers for their high-end fabrics produced in Japan, like suede, silk-denim, organic lace, crepe, coated lace and wool-polyester blends.

This conference was organised on the initiative of an Indian, but Japan-based entrepreneur, Mr Atul Parikh and Mr Rahul Mehta, President of the Clothing Manufacturer Association of India (CMAI) from the Indian side.

The Japanese delegation included Mr Takakazu Kitatani, Director - International Textile and Clothing Trade Office - Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Mr Yoshiaki Kamiyama, Chief Research Analyst - The Japan Textiles Importers Association (JTIA), Ms Akiko Shinoda, Director - International Affairs - Japan Fashion Week Organization and others.

A wide number of Indian industry heavyweights from the textile, apparel sector and also fashion designers had a birds-eye view of the wide array of the fabrics on display and were widely appreciated by one and all for their quality and finishes, which have been developed by the Japanese and are exclusive to the country.

Speaking about the initiative, Mr Takakazu Kitatani said, “India is an emerging economy and growing at a growth of around 9 percent per annum, while that of Japan is stagnating, due to which we consider the Indian market as attractive, mainly due to the huge middle class. India and Japan may sign a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) early next year, which may bring exports of textile and apparels under zero duty on both sides”.

“Currently, the textile trade between the two countries is low and this FTA will help both the countries to increase their exports from the sector to each other. With the expectation that exports of textiles will attract zero-duty in the future, the first-ever textile delegation is in India to prepare the ground for a further boost” he concluded by saying.

Giving details about the meet, Mr Rahul Mehta said, “This initiative was conceptualized in Japan late last year, whereby Japan is looking at India as a prospective trading partner in three main aspects. Boost exports of Japanese textile products to India, amplify imports from India and look for some sort of a technological tie-up with Indian manufacturers.

“The Japanese have realized that India is a market that they can no longer ignore. So they are now in India to understand the needs, preferences, trends, etc of Indian consumers. Even with regards to sourcing of products, they now consider that India can prove to be a natural alternative to the Chinese, whose domination they want to reduce in their markets.

“With regards to technology tie-ups, the Indian textile and apparel industry has proved that, it can adopt and adept to the latest technology in the world and in the process produce world-class products, all, which provides a win-win situation for the two countries and which also led to the initial interaction between Japan and India.

“This led to a thought process to set up some kind of a body to interact and coordinate between Japan and India, which has now been tentatively called the India-Japan Fashion Forum. This body will help the Japanese to understand better and avoid mistakes that new comers tend to make.

“I hope that this initiative will help the textile and clothing trade to blossom in both the directions”, he wrapped up by saying

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

Must ReadView All

Textiles | On 24th Oct 2016

German technology to help in energy saving in textiles

German technology can play a major role making the environment...

Textiles | On 24th Oct 2016

ACIMIT shows sustainable technologies at ITMA Asia

ACIMIT, the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers,...

Courtesy: Trupik

Apparel/Garments | On 24th Oct 2016

Virtual 3D fitting rooms revolutionising online shopping

Virtual fitting rooms meant to bridge the gap between e-commerce...

Interviews View All

Manfred Mentges
Sedo Treepoint GmbH

We see a higher demand in colour management systems, as customers see big...

Ajay Ghariwala
Luthra Group

We are ready to adopt or follow every opportunity

Karel Williams
Dow Microbial Control

'Silvadur is most rapidly adopted in areas where hygiene-conscious and...

Larry L Kinn
Suominen Corporation

Larry L Kinn, Senior Vice President - Operations Americas of Suominen...

Kerem Durdag
Biovation II LLC

Kerem Durdag, CEO, Biovation II LLC, provides an insight into future...

Lynda Kelly
Suominen Corporation

Suominen Corporation is a manufacturer of nonwovens as roll goods for...

Ritu Kumar
Label Ritu Kumar

‘Classics will return’ "There are a lot of people wearing western clothes ...

Karan Arora
Karan Arora

Bridal couture created with rich Indian heritage, exquisite craftsmanship...

Silvia Venturini Fendi
Fendi s.r.l

"Yes, my confidence and positive attitude are my strengths and should be...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


Letter To Editor

(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies

October 2016

October 2016

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.


Browse Our Archives


Advanced Search