The 59th edition of India International Garment Fair (IIGF) was held at Gandhinagar in Gujarat from 29th June -2nd July, 2017. Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) led all councils from the front by garnering overwhelming participation in the event – with almost 350 participant exporters and registration of more than 450 buying agents and buyers from across the world.

Unlike the previous editions, IIGF had a shift in location and became the part of the three-day exclusive mega event, Textiles India 2017.”India is one of the strongest raw material manufacturers and holds huge promise of a vivacious fashion industry today. We are conscientiously working to improve standards throughout the value chain and adhere to sustainability strategies consistently, as we make in India. India is now prepared to take up newer and larger roles!”commented Ashok G Rajani, Chairman, AEPC.

So, the fair was held concurrently with this show, which covered the entire textile supply chain, as “The exhibition centre there was world-class.” Celebrating 30 years of its initiation, IIGF is the biggest sourcing event for Indian apparel exporters which was taking place in New Delhi for the last three decades. With a view to strengthen the link of garment buyers with India, the exhibition welcomed the buyer of garments (International chain stores/buyers/sourcing heads responsible for clothing buying) to the IIGF.

Like always, AEPC hosted their export partners in halls 5 and 6, which eventually rose up to the occasion to become the hub for business and networking over the three days. Visitors from the world over, including countries like Brazil, Mexico, and Kenya, etc. thronged the venue to explore the best of Indian apparels in this stellar event.

AEPC has been assisting the apparel industry, on the export front, since 1978. It has been actively working with both the government and the industry to bring in reforms and revolutionize the apparel industry as a whole. In continuation of its efforts to bring the apparel industry into prominence, based on the theme Design & Stitch to Sustain – All About Becoming Sustainable, AEPC worked out theme pavilions in halls 5 & 6 of the Textiles India 2017 mega event.

Highlighting their efforts to bring about a change in the industry by committing to zero wastage, AEPC designed their pavilions, positioned at a prominent side of the hall with everything eco-friendly. The colours and the theme of the pavilions reflected a ‘back to roots’ tone and imbibed an earthy spirit that AEPC explored to the garments and principles on display at the stall. The look of the stalls presented a very open structure that could be entered from almost every dimension. This, in return, preserved the sustainable motif and actually presented a circular pattern of ‘use-reuse-sustain’.

Exploring the basics of sustainability and laying out the path for the industry, AEPC explained the simple steps to sustainability through versatile garment displays and panels that delved on three steps: Zero wastage during the manufacturing process, involving less process during production and finally stitching multitasking garments, which can be worn in various ways.

AEPC is a trade body for the promotion and facilitation of garment manufacturing and their exports. AEPC has more than 8,000 members who contribute significantly in India’s total garment exports of $16.83 bn each year. The IIGF has, over the years, established itself as one of the largest and most popular platforms in Asia where overseas garment buyers can source and forge a business relationship with India’s finest in the apparel and fashion accessories domain.