International Knit Fair (IKF) will be held in Tirupur, May 10 to 12, 2017. This is a knitwear trade fair showcasing the spring/summer 2018 clothing line, IKF will showcase end-to-end products pertaining to the knitwear segment. The fair will present the capabilities of knitwear makers from India.
Participants will display their collections including pullovers, cardigans, dresses, skirts, hooded T-shirts, shorts, pajamas, ensembles, blouses, golfing polo shirts, inner wear, boxers, shorts, night wear and leggings apart from an extensive collection of cotton blended garments for men, women, children and babies.
The share of Tirupur knitwear exports in India’s total garment exports is 20 per cent. More than 80 per cent of the industries in this sector are medium and small scale. Exporters want a one-time long term initiative to be undertaken to uplift the skill proficiency of existing laborers in order to increase productivity at par with competing countries and at the same time reduce waste.
Exporters also feel this is the right time for the knitwear sector to capture the market that’s leaving China, due to an increase in cost of manufacturing. If the opportunity is missed, the market would be captured by competing countries like Bangladesh, Vietnam, Indonesia and Cambodia.