ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Tale of Woe

Tale of Woe THE textile scene has since long presented a curious blend of many odd elements, reflecting broadly the growing sectoral imbalances, structural and managerial deficiencies within the industry and distortions in the pattern of demand for fabrics arising out of the highly skewed income distribution. Clothing consumption standards continue to be extremely low, with the bottom 40 per cent of the rural population having a per capita offtake of only two metres a year, if even that. The per capita availability of cloth has been on the decline since the mid- sixties. Even so, the leading spokesmen of the organised sector of the industry keep talking about demand recession. But interestingly enough, high-priced fabrics sell more easily than low-priced fabrics.

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