India is the world’s second-largest exporter of textiles and apparels, with a massive raw material and manufacturing base. The textile industry is a significant contributor to the economy, both in terms of its domestic share and exports. It contributes about seven per cent to industry output, two per cent to the GDP and 15 per cent to the country’s total exports earnings. The sector is one of the largest sources of job creation in the country, employing about 45 mn people directly.