Textile exports: then and now
The paucity of handspun yarns and the declining number of weavers for distinctive handloom products have contributed to a fall in exports
In many ways, the 1990s were a period of incredible cultural transformation. That was when the information technology revolution took root as a booming Silicon Valley sent ripples across the world. It was the time India was liberalizing, with new markets opening up. The time was ripe for new products. The rich Indian inheritance of textile skills and natural raw materials offered exciting and unlimited potential. Suddenly, the world was an open market, hungry for anything original and different. And I had graduated from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad.