- The modem textile industry in India began first at Golestar near Calcutta in early nineteenth century.
- The first cotton textile mill was set up in Bombay in 1854 exclusively out of Indian capital.
- Since then, there has been steady growth in the cotton textile industry. In March 1986, there were 1614 textile mills in the country.
- 282 of the total textile mills were composite mills, taking care both of spinning and weaving of the years, and 732 were exclusively spinning mills.
- In textile industry today we have a judicious mix of tradition and modernity.
- We have Khadi Sector providing large scale employment in rural areas. On the other hand we have most modem, capital intensive and high speed mill-produced cloth using not only natural but also man-made fibres of certain varieties.
- Maharashtra mid Gujarat lead the country in cotton textiles with Bombay and Alimedabad as the twin centres. The other centres are Coimbatore in Tamilnadu, Nagpur and Sholapur in Maharashtra, Calcutta in West Bengal and Kanpur in U.P.
- Of late, ready-made cotton garments industry has been developing fast to cater to foreign and domestic needs.
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