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Khadi in fashion: Industry witnesses record sales of Rs 50,000 crore

The combined turnover of KVIC makes it bigger than several consumer goods companies

BS Web Team  |  New Delhi 


Last year, the low-profile saw sales worth Rs 50,000 crore for the first time in India. Products manufactured in villages by small-scale industries and social entrepreneurs, most of which are run by women, also saw huge demand. Such products include honey, soaps, cosmetics, furniture and food items. This feat was made possible through constant push by the government of India and the increasing trend of using worldwide.

According to a report in the Times of India, the sales of produce, or Gramodyog, grew 24% in the last fiscal. The growth pushed the sales number to almost Rs 50,000 crore mark. Also, products achieved sales of Rs 2,005 crore, up 33% from Rs 1,635 crore in 2015-16.

In the last fiscal year, output grew by 31% to Rs 1,396 crore, while village industries saw a 23% rise to Rs 41,110 crore – thus contributing towards the excellent growth of the sector.

The combined turnover posted by & Village Industries Commission (KVIC) makes it even bigger than several consumer goods in the country. In particular, sales are closing in on big names like and Raymonds, which are yet to disclose sales figure for the previous financial year.

The government body has now set a bigger target of achieving Rs 5,000 crore in sales by 2018-19.

"Earlier, was only preferred by the political class, be it the kurta or the cap," said brand expert Harish Bijoor to the Times of India. "But with consumers increasingly looking for natural products, the organisation is on a roll."

During a survey in 21 overseas markets, was the most recalled Indian brand, along with yoga, said Bijoor. No wonder the government organisation is now looking at exports. "Currently, we are not doing direct exports. But we will soon kick it off. It will help make an international brand," said chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena.

The use of products saw huge demands from young shoppers as well. Since cloth is and the end products are created mainly by in rural areas, it is said that the brand invokes good vibes in consumers, especially millennial shoppers.