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In­dia is the sec­ond largest pro­ducer of leather gar­ments and footwear and the big­gest ex­porter in the world. With a sec­tor that is val­ued at $17.85 bil­lion, the time to en­ter this in­dus­try is ripe. “Ear­lier, the leather in­dus­try was con­sid­ered im­pen­e­tra­ble, but the en­try of in­ter­na­tional brands and gov­ern­ment ini­tia­tives has cre­ated an ex­cite­ment that wasn’t there be­fore,” says Gau­tam Sinha, founder and cre­ative di­rec­tor, Nappa Dori.

What you study Stu­dents learn leather pro­cess­ing, sur­face tech­niques, re­tail­ing, man­u­fac­tur­ing pro­cesses, mer­chan­dis­ing and sup­ply chain, and de­tails of the pro­duc­tion sys­tem.

Ca­reer Prospects “Stu­dents can pur­sue work in gar­ment de­sign, bags, footwear, mer­chan­dis­ing, man­u­fac­tur­ing, buy­ing and re­tail,” says Sabyasachi Sen­gupta, as­so­ci­ate pro­fes­sor, NIFT Kolkata.

Skills Re­quired: “One needs to un­der­stand the mar­ket and gain ex­pe­ri­ence by trav­el­ling,” says Sinha.

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