A strong textiles manufacturing base puts India among the leading fabric producing countries in the world and sets up a perfect base for the industry to grow further. But there are some shortcomings too. Sanjay Arora and Priyam Pandit analyse the state of India's weaving sector.

India has the largest number of looms in place to weave fabrics, accounting for 64 per cent of the globally installed looms. After Independence, the weaving industry was seen both as an employment provider in large parts of rural India and a vehicle to protect cultural heritage. The Indian weaving industry has traditionally been one of the most prominent sectors of mass employment after agriculture and is the second largest provider of employment. There is a huge availability of the raw materials, continuous supply of economically affordable labour force and a huge domestic market to cater to; so, what is it that the industry needs to fulfil the $500 billion dream of the Indian textiles industry?

The weaving industry in India was traditionally made up of handloom weavers which supported the numerous types of costumes for men and women, saris and blouse and other clothing.