The current apparel industry thrives on global supply chains. India is a huge player in this process, and has been for centuries. Taking strides in social responsibility and sustainability in the global fashion industry, India is the biggest global supplier of organic cotton, and in recent years has been the destination for key industry meetings such as Textile Exchange Conference and Sustainable Apparel Coalition meeting.
According to Euromonitor International, GDP and apparel spending in India will more than double in the next 15 years, placing it second only behind China. The Indian textile industry directly employs 40 million people and is estimated to reach a value of $223 billion by 2021 (https://www.ibef.org/pages/textile-snapshot). It is the second largest textiles and garment producer in the world and third largest producer of cotton. The federal government of India has identified the textiles and garment category as one of the 25 sectors capable of being a world leader, and has taken the lead to support the industry.
Over the last two decades, India Fashion Week and similar events have gained solid footing with the international fashion press. In addition, Indian designers regularly participate in main runway shows at Paris and New York Fashion week, showcasing the importance of India as an emerging global fashion center. The country has immense inspirational spaces, traditional crafts, and design and production facilities. All this in addition to the rich cultural heritage, and current political environment have catapulted the Indian fashion industry into the spotlight.
As India is one of the key sourcing destinations for fabric and apparel products worldwide, an emerging destination for design, and has a huge market potential for global brands, this special issue will examine the fashion industry in India from multiple perspectives. We welcome contributions that address (but are not limited to) the following topic areas:
- Globalization and Contemporary fashion
- Design in India
- Designer case studies
- Artisan and Indian Crafts
- Craft cluster case studies
- Sustainability, social responsibility and ethics of production
- Women’s empowerment
Papers of between 6,000 and 8,000 words (including references) should be e-mailed by the deadline: 30 Nov 2018 to the guest co-editors, earlier where possible. The guest editors invite potential contributors to contact them to discuss submissions well in advance of the deadline.