State of the Economy 2019

In a bit of a tangle

Even as demonetisation and GST have put the brakes on Tirupur’s growth, exporters are now looking inwards to improve their global competitiveness

Photographs by RA Candroo

There is a certain pride among the people of Tirupur on how it has emerged as India’s largest exporter of knitwear garments. It is a self-made cluster that can compete with the best-in-class garment manufacturers globally, raking in nearly Rs.250 billion in revenue from nothing just 30 years ago. Indeed, Tirupur has become a benchmark for other emerging clusters across the country.