For the textile industry, the year 2017 was challenging as it faced headwinds in the form of Goods and Services Tax (GST) leading to disruptions in production “We started the year getting out of demonetisation,” said SK Jain, Chairman, Confederation of Indian Textile Industry (CITI). “During November and December last year, production activities were down (on demonetisation). In January, it picked up. However, in April, concerns related to GST set in and no one wanted to hold stocks. Till September, demand was sluggish. From October, the market has picked up,” he said.