Textile Industry in Kolkata


Importance of textile industry of Kolkata in City's Economy



The textile industry of Kolkata plays a significant role in the economy of the capital city of the state of West Bengal. Apart from that this industry even contributes to the industrial output, export and employment sectors of the city. Among the different kinds of textiles manufactured in the city, jute products helped Kolkata in gaining prominence in the industrial sector. As per the report published in the year 2008, the main features of Kolkata textile industry are:

  • Branded products are manufactured and marketed by almost 33 % of the textile companies based in Kolkata.
  • During the period of 2006 to 2008, the textile companies of Kolkata grew at the rate of around 27 % on an average.
  • Operation of the textile companies was based on 90 % utilization of the average capacity.
  • The mostly preferred textile service in Kolkata is garmenting.
  • 23 % of the city's textile houses carried on their operation with a minimum of two manufacturing facilities.
  • 38 % of the total textile companies in Kolkata are old, dating back to 1990s. Just 18 % were established after the year 2000.
  • 65 % of these textile companies are associated in export service. Around 40 % of them have generated the lion's share of the total revenue from these export services.

Chief factors behind growth of Kolkata's textile industry



As compared to the other metropolitan cities of India, Kolkata has got a lower cost of business operation. Apart from that what make the city's textile industry flourish are easy access to profuse natural resources and suitable climatic conditions.

Major products of Kolkata textiles



Handloom and cottage industries mainly form the Kolkata textile industry. Jute textiles are one of the major products of this textile industry owing to the fact that the state is rich in jute production. Other Kolkata textiles include cotton and silk products.

  1. Handloom sector in Kolkata: Similar to the other handloom industries, the handloom sector of Kolkata even has got a huge contribution to the industrial development of the city.

  2. Jute sector in Kolkata: Jute, which is known as the "golden fiber" is the cheapest available fiber. This helped the jute products like sacks, bags, purses, bottle bags, jewelry, floor coverings, corporate gifts and accessories occupy a huge portion of the textile industry. Some of the renowned jute industries that are located in Kolkata are:
    • Indian Jute Industries' Research Association
    • Anand Jute Industries
    • Dunlop Jute House
    • S. K. G. Jute Industries
  3. Cotton sector in Kolkata: Cotton industry, apart from contributing to the textile industry of Kolkata, has been playing an important role in the employment of the skilled personnel of the city. Many people are still engaged in cotton trade. The popular cotton products available in Kolkata cotton market are clothes, yarns, fabrics and apparels.

  4. Silk sector in Kolkata: The silk industry is one of the flourishing sectors in Kolkata because of its growing demands. The city houses two renowned silk industries, which are:
    • Eastern Silk Industries Ltd
    • Safia Silk Industries

Advantages of textile industries in Kolkata



The advantages of the textile industries of West Bengal's capital city are manifold. Some of them are as follows:
  • A self-reliant and independent industry
  • Potential and huge domestic as well as international market
  • Proximity to the places of natural resources
  • Skilled and competitive manpower
  • Navigability of the Hooghly river
  • Easy export potential

Disadvantages of Kolkata textiles



In spite of the advantages mentioned above, the textile industry of Kolkata has got the following disadvantages:
  • Highly fragmented sector
  • Mostly based on jute
  • Poor drapability
  • Lack of potential market tapping

Detailed information of different Kolkata textile industries



The metropolitan city of Kolkata houses a number of varied textile manufacturing and distributing companies. Let us have a quick look at the below mentioned table, which provides detailed information regarding some of the renowned Kolkata based textile manufacturers and wholesalers:

Sl. No. Name of Company Address Contact number E-mail address
1 Bhagabati Udyog 44, Burtolla Street, Kolkata, West Bengal - 700 007, India. + (91) - (33) - 22731046/ + (91) - 09830616860 bhagabati@a1jutebags.com
2 Jai Mica Supply Company Pvt. Ltd. 62, Bentinck Street,Kolkata, West Bengal - 700 069, India. + (91) - (33) - 2237 7295/ + (91) -9431144343 jaimica55@hotmail.com/ ankit.spjcm@gmail.com
3 Kay Bee Corporation S - 12 & S -11/ 1, Kasba Industrial Estate, Phase - 1, E. M. Bypass (East), Kolkata, West Bengal - 700 107, India. + (91) - (33) - 24423896 -
4 LGW Industries Limited Narayanpur, P. O. - Rajarhat - Gopalpur, 24 Parganas (North),Kolkata, West Bengal - 700 136, India. + (91) - (33) - 25733423/ 66080777 contact@lgwltd.com
5 M. R. Industries and Exports 32, Armenian Street, Ist Floor,Kolkata, West Bengal - 700 001, India. + 91 - 33 - 25837230/ 8898 -
6 Priyadarshi Exports 3/ 1 A, Gobra Road, Ground Floor,Kolkata, West Bengal - 700 014, India. + (91) - (33) - 22847991 -
7 Oasis Agencies (P) Ltd. 17, Chittaranjan Avenue, 4th Floor, Kolkata, West Bengal - 700 072, India. + (91) - (33) - 22369712/ 22346411 oasisagencie@dataone.in/ khaitan@vsnl.com

List of Some of other well known textile companies in Kolkata



  • Akberally's
    11 A/ 11 B, Esplanade Row East
    Kolkata - 700 069, West Bengal, India.
    Tel.: + 91 - 033 - 22481164

  • Apex Trading Company
    9/ 3 B, Gariahat Road
    Kolkata - 700 019, West Bengal
    India.
    Tel.: + 91 - 033 - 24603742

  • Arihant Silk
    1 D, Pince Gulam Md. Shah Road
    Kolkata - 700 019, West Bengal, India.
    Tel.: + 91 - 033 - 24220658

  • B. A. Textiles (P) Ltd
    156, Jamuna Lal Bazar Street
    Kolkata - 700 007, West Bengal
    India.
    Tel.: + 91 - 033 - 22385384

  • Handloom House
    210, Jamuna Lal Bazaz Street
    Kolkata - 700 007, West Bengal
    India.
    Tel.: + 91 - 033 - 22331229

  • J. S. Textile
    203, M. G. Road
    Kolkata - 700 007
    West Bengal, India.
    Tel.: + 91 - 033 - 22332190

  • Kamdar & Sons
    194, J. L. B. Street
    Kolkata - 700 007
    West Bengal, India.
    Tel.: + 91 - 033 - 22692287

  • Lohia Industries (Textiles) Pvt Ltd
    210, J. L. Bajaj Street
    Kolkata - 700 007, West Bengal
    India.
    Tel.: + 91 - 033 - 22697306

  • Manik Chandnemchand
    196, Jamunalal Bajaj Street
    Kolkata - 700 007, West Bengal
    India.
    Tel.: + 91 - 033 - 22328741

  • Novel Commotrade P Ltd
    9/ 2, Lal Bazar Street
    Kolkata - 700 001, West Bengal
    India.
    Tel.: + 91 - 033 - 22323356

  • P. K. D. International
    199 - 5, M. G. Road
    Kolkata - 700 007
    West Bengal, India.
    Tel.: + 91 - 033 - 22683905

  • Ridhi Sidhi Textile
    203/ 1, M. G. Road
    Kolkata - 700 001, West Bengal
    India.
    Tel.: + 91 - 033 - 22184324


  • Last Updated on 22 October 2012