A Fair to Remember: The 60th IIGF
The 60th Edition of the India International Garment Fair, showcasing the Autumn/ Winter Collection for the International Markets and held at Pragati Maidan, was Inaugurated by Shri Ajay Tamta, Hon’ble Minister of State for Textiles, Govt of India. Apparel
A report on the 60th India International Garment Fair, held at New Delhi
Shri Ajay Tamta, Hon’ble Minister of State (MoS) for Textiles inaugurated the 60th edition of IIGF at Pragati Maidan. Organised at Hall Nos 11, 12 & 12A at Pragati Maidan, the three-day international fair primarily covered the Autumn/Winter season of European Union, USA and other Western markets. A total of 294 exporters from 11 states namely Gujarat, Haryana, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, New Delhi, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, participated in the fair along with 2000 buyers and buying houses.
In his address, Shri Ajay Tamta, Hon’ble Minister of State for Textiles said, “IIGF is a big platform which brings together the overseas garment buyers and garment exporters, with almost half of the Indian states participating in the fair. The garment sector is one of the largest employment providers and is helping a large number of people to earn their livelihoods. The apparel Industry is going through a challenging phase and to address the concerns of the Industry, a committee has been formed by the Government to look into the issues raised by the Industry."
Speaking on the occasion, Mr H K L Magu, Chairman, Apparel Export Promotion Council, said, “I feel happy to note the huge transformation that the Fair and the industry has witnessed in these years. The Fair has grown in scale and scope and emerged as the one of the largest and most popular platforms in Asia where overseas garment buyers can source and forge the business relationship with India’s finest in the Apparel and Fashion Accessories domain. This time, the fair is happening at a time when the Industry is facing lot of challenges both domestically and globally. The post GST transformation for the industry has been challenging, but I am sure the industry will show the resilience it has shown in the past, and emerge stronger.”
A total of 294 participants showcased womenswear, accessories, kids wear and menswear. International buyers from 95 countries like Brazil, Spain, Japan, Uruguay, UK, Hong Kong, US, etc, also registered to participate in the fair.
IIGF also organised fashion shows, twice a day, on all three days for exhibiting the collections for business development. Besides this, the best displayed stalls were awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze Trophies in an award function.
India International Garment Fair is a B2B fair started in 1988. The fair was organised in association with the International Garment Fair Association and four major Garment Exporters' Associations viz. Apparel Exporters & Manufacturers Association (AEMA), Garment Exporters Association (GEA), The Clothing Manufacturers Association of India (CMAI) and Garment Exporters of Rajasthan (GEAR). This is exclusively a B2B fair and is meant for conducting meaningful and quality business.
On this occasion, an IIGF fair guide was also unveiled by the Hon’ble Minister of State (MoS) for Textiles, S hr iA jay Tamta along with Mr H KL Magu, Chairman, AEPC, Mr Lalit Thukral, Chairman, Exhibition Advisory Committee, IIGF and Mr Rahul Mehta President, CMAI. The event ended with closing remarks and a vote of thanks by Mr Rahul Mehta, President, CMAI.
There were 214 participants showcasing womenswear (72.78 per cent), 35 showcasing accessories (11.90 per cent), 13 showcasing kids wear (4.42 per cent) and 19 showcasing menswear (6.46 per cent) and 13 participants from fashion publishers, fair authorities, etc.