A Positive Government Outlook

SHRI NARENDRA MODI HON'BLE PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA. The textiles industry has a pivotal position in the Indian economy. It is strong and competitive across the value chain. India has an abundant supply of raw material like wool, cotton, silk, jute and man-made fibre. India has strong spinning, weaving, knitting and apparel manufacturing capacities. The textile industry will have to constantly innovate and research for growth and to tap new markets. Based on Make In India, the textile industry is being infused with the mantras of 'skill, scale, speed' and 'zero-defect, zero-effect'.
SMT. SMRITI IRANI HON'BLE MINISTER OF TEXTILES, GOVT. OF INDIA The spectrum of Indian textiles is extremely diverse and its history is world-renowned. Textile is not just an industry, but also a tradition and a legacy which we present to the world through the magic of India's handcrafts and machines. In the growth of the textiles sector lies the growth of India and the growth of job opportunities.
SHRI VIJAY RUPANI, HON'BLE CHIEF MINISTER, GOVERNMENT OF GUJARAT We want to make Gujarat once again a Manchester of the East and become number one in textiles. Gujarat already has large spinning capacity; adding weaving and garmenting would make it possible to achieve the complete textiles and apparel value chain. Our aim is to provide employment to women and create investment opportunities in the complete value chain from cotton to fabric to clothing.
SHRI NITIN PATEL, HON'BLE DEPUTY CHIEF MINISTER, GOVERNMENT OF GUJARAT Gujarat is the largest producer of cotton in the country, but most of our cotton goes out and due to irregular policies and systems. We aim to devise such policies that promote ginning, processing, yarn production, spinning, cloth manufacturing and ready-made garment making. This will help the farmers get better value of their cotton production.
J N Singh,IAS CHIEF SECRETARY, GOVERNMENT OF GUJARAT There are a lot of opportunities in the Textile Sector as it is one of the highest employing sectors in India.Textile Sector is close to my heart. Government of Gujarat is making all efforts to make Gujarat as a major garment hub. If the garment sector receives a boost, there will be greater consumption, resulting in greater utilisation of Gujarat's cotton and man-made fibers, giving weaving sector a boost. Hence when the garment sector moves, it will take along the entire value chain from Farm to Fashion.

About This Event

India's textile and apparel sector is one of the oldest industries in Indian economy dating back several centuries. Even today, textiles sector is one of the largest contributors to India's exports with approximately 13 per cent of total exports. The textiles industry is labour intensive and is the second largest employer in India, after Agriculture, employingabout 52 million people directly and 68 million people indirectly.
The 'Farm to Fashion' Global Summit is an initiative to provide a platform for the entire textile value chain to deliberate and develop a vision for Textile Industry for the year 2035 with key focus on issues faced by Cotton Farmers, Women Empowerment, Youth employment opportunities and position Indian Textile Industry as pioneer in Environment friendly industry practices.
The summit is a three day event scheduled on 4th-6th May 2018 encompassing 17 Conferences, 3 Key Note speakers, Trade Exhibition, Coffee Corners with Experts, Fashion Show and Industrial visit for delegates and dignitaries.

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Bring together all the textile related stakeholders on one platform.

Discuss Sustainable Development Goals and Practices in Indian Textiles.

Threadbare dialogues on Textile sector related challenges and solutions.

Design a road map for future Indian Textiles to increase global footprints.


Mr. Shailesh Patwari
Mr. Shailesh Patwari President,
Mr.Gaurang Bhagat
Mr. Gaurang Bhagat President,
Maskati Cloth Market Mahajan
Mr. Arindam Das
Mr. Arindam Das Director,
National Institute of Fashion Technology
Mr. Chintan Parikh
Mr. Chintan Parikh Founder and Chairman,
Ashima Ltd.
Mr. Errol D'souza
Mr. Errol D'souza Director-in-charge,
Indian Institute of Management,
Mr. H K L Magu
Mr. H K L Magu Chairman,
Apparel Export Promotion Council
Mr. K G Balkrishnan
Mr. K G Balkrishnan Executive Chairman,
KG Denim Ltd.
Mr. Kulin Lalbhai
Mr. Kulin Lalbhai Executive Director, Arvind Ltd.
Mr. Parimal Nathwani
Mr. Parimal Nathwani Group President Of Corporate Affairs & projects
Reliance Industries Ltd
Mr. Pradyumana Vyas
Mr. Pradyumana Vyas Director,
National Institute of Design
Mr. Prakash Bhagwati
Mr. Prakash Bhagwati Chairman,
Inspiron Engineering Pvt. Ltd.
Mr. Ram Murugesan
Mr. Ram Murugesan Joint Managing Director,
Paramount Textiles Mills Pvt. Ltd
Mr. Shyamal Shodhan
Mr. Shyamal Shodhan Owner,
Shyamal and Bhumika Fashion Store
Mr. Ujwal Lahoti
Mr. Ujwal Lahoti Chairman,


Key Focus

COTTON FARMERS Increasing productivity and improving yield with better farming processes for Cotton Farmers in India

YOUTH EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES Conducive Environment to Attract Youth into T&A industry Industry driven learning - Bridging gap between Industry & Academia

MAKE IN INDIA Global Perception of Indian T&A Industry Attracting Global Investments in T&A Industry

WOMEN EMPOWERMENT Women Entrepreneurs & Workforce - Light bearers for Growth in Textiles Industry

ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY Eco-friendly Industry Practices: The X Factor to gain global advantage Promoting Zero Liquid Discharge

The Conference

Farm to Fashion 2018 encompasses of content rich conference with sessions by globally renowned speakers offering views, sharing information and unveiling insights about latest research, trends and innovations in the sector.

Why Register?

· Access to 17 thoughtfully curated technical sessions for LEARNING AND IMBIBING THE INNOVATIONS IN THE SECTOR.
· GLOBAL INDUSTRY SPEAKERS & EXPERTS for meaningful discussions and deliberations.
· CAFÉ CORNERS: Special forums for one to one interactions between the participants and renowned speakers.
· Access to the Trade Exhibition with FOCUS ON BEST OF INDIAN FABRICS.
· Fashion Show with Gala Dinner.
· Opportunity to participate in the INDUSTRY VISIT.

The Conference Topic

Global Perception of Indian Textiles

Indian Textiles:
Today and Tomorrow:
Challenges, Opportunities & Future in the Textiles

Finding Solutions to environment challenges (ZLD)

Technology Upgradation

Government Initiatives & Industry initiatives

Certification and Compliances

Skill Development

Career Growth opportunities in Textile Industry

Technical Textiles and Home Textiles

Presentation by a major brand:
Success Story, Learning from Others


Mr. Sanjay Raut
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Sanjay Raut

Post graduate in management, Mr. Sanjay Raut, President (Technical & New Businesses), Garware Wall Ropes Ltd. has four decades of experience spanning the entire gamut of business operations, R&D, product launches and innovation.

He was instrumental in setting up the Wai Factory, one of the largest in the technical textiles domain from concept to fruition, which employs more than 4500 people.

He has received prestigious award by The Asian Fisheries Society India Branch (AFSIB) in recognition to his distinguished contribution towards pioneering development of Netting and Net Cages for Aquaculture in India.

He works actively with various business and scientific bodies and is on their advisory committees.

Mr. Pankaj Desai
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Pankaj Desai

Head of the Research &Development at Colourtex Industries Private Limited

Current Designation: Doctorate in dyestuff from University Department of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, Dr. Pankaj D. Desai is Head of the Research & Development at Colourtex Industries Private Limited, the Indian dyestuffs manufacturer based in Surat, India.

Current Profile: Dr. Pankaj joined Colourtex Industries Pvt. Ltd. in 1994 and since than he is actively involved in R&D activities and technical matters at Colourtex.

Previous Experience: He possesses 23 years of rich experience in the field of dyestuff R&D and has filled 15 patents on the account of Colourtex.

Awards & Recognition: He is an active member and treasurer of Indian Operating Committee of ETAD and member of District disaster management group.

Mr. Rahul Mehta
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Rahul Mehta

Post Graduate in Business Management, Mr. Rahul Mehta is currently the President of CMAI with over 2000 Manufacturing members and over 15,000 Retailer members.

He joined the Creative Group as Partner and Managing Director in 1982, and launched the UFO Jeans – one of the earliest International Brands to come to India. Today, he oversees most of the Domestic Business of the Group, such as 109F, Fusion Beats, Portico, etc.

He is an Independent Director on the Boards of several Companies, including Gini & Jony, Kamadgiri Fashions, and Chermas Exquisite Pvt. Ltd.

His experience and ready wit also makes him a popular Teacher and Lecturer. He is on board of various education institutes and fashion technology institutes.

He is the first Indian to be elected as President of the IAF, Federation of the National Associations of 47 countries

He is an active participant in Theater, being a Playwright, a Director, and an Actor, and has won Awards in all these categories.

Mr. Abhishek Bansal
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Abhishek Bansal

Chief Sustainability Officer at Arvind Group

Current Designation: Abhishek is Chief SustainabilityOfficer at Arvind Group and is leading various Sustainability initiatives of the group.

Current Profile: He is devising the strategy to reduce the Energy, Water & Chemical footprint of the organization and leading several innovative practices in the apparel industry.

Previous Experience: Prior to this position he has worked in the Sustainability & Environmental Consulting domain for more than ten years.

Awards & Recognition: He has helped several large corporates to define the Sustainability Strategy and assisted in Implementation of various renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives.

B. K. Behera
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B. K. Behera

Ph. D. in Textiles, Dr B. K. Behera is Professor and HOD in the Department of Textile Technology, IIT Delhi.

His area of specialization includes Fabric manufacturing, 3D weaving and Braiding, Textile Structural Composites and Concretes, Mechanics of Textile Structure and Modeling and simulation of Textile structures.

Prof Behera has authored more than 230 papers and delivered more than 300 talks in various international conferences.

He has authored several books relating to Textile structural Mechanics, Soft computing in Textiles and Weaving Technology. He has seven patents to his credit.

Prof. Behera is member of governing council of several reputed Textile institutions, universities and reputed textile companies in India.

Mr. Manohar Shenoy
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Mr. Manohar Shenoy

ISC’s India Country Director

Post Graduate in Business Administration and in Astrophysics, Mr. Manohar Shenoy is ISC’s India Country Director. Currently, He plays a key role in the design of new programs and leads the development of ISC’s strategic vision for India programming.

Mr. Manohar has more than 25 years of professional experience in international relief and development in Afghanistan, India, Indonesia, Kenya, South Sudan and Uganda. A proven leader, Manohar brings skills in external representation, developing strategic alliances, stakeholder coordination, building partnerships, coordinating experts, business analysis, and financial management.

Shailesh Chaturvedi
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Shailesh Chaturvedi

Organisation :Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein
Designation : Managing Director and CEO

Post Graduate in Management, Mr. Shailesh Chaturvedi has 25 years of work experience in apparel retail industry. He runs business of Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein brands of US Multinational company PVH as their ‘Managing Director and CEO’ in India.

In the last 25 yrs working in the fashion industry, Mr. Shailesh has launched & developed some of the biggest brands in India including Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Louis Philippe, Van Heusen & Allen Solly.

He has previously worked with Benetton plc as the Head of its wholesale business in Asia Pacific region.

He played key role in very impactful national launch of Esprit brand from Germany in India in the year 2005.

He is recipient of prestigious award ‘The most admired retail fashion professional in the country by IFF, and has been selected in to the list of top 10 young CEOs in India by top- notch media houses.

Yatin Kirori
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Yatin Kirori:

Chief Representative at Bestseller

Textile engineering graduate, Yatin Kirori is having a total experience of close to 20 years in Textile industry. Currently heading the sourcing office for Bestseller managing India & Sri Lanka.

He has previously worked for some of the biggest global brands like PVH, Guess Jeans, Mothercare, Marks & Spencer’s, Next,and various others.

He manages the sourcing of textile products (both apparel and home textiles) and hard lines (Glass and Metal) for global brands and markets.

Dr. P. Alli Rani
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Dr. P. Alli Rani

Chairman-cum- Managing Director at The Cotton Corporation of India Limited

Current Designation: Masters in Economics, P. Alli Rani joined the Cotton Corporation of India Ltd. as Chairman-cum- Managing Director in October 2017.

Previous Experience: She has held various roles in Govt. of India, Railways, Telecom sector and CONCOR. She was elevated as Director Finance in her assignment with Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB).

Dr. N. N. Mahapatra
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Dr. Nanda Nandan Mahapatra

President at Colorant Ltd.

Doctorate in Applied Chemistry, Dr. Mahapatra is currently working as President, Colorants Ltd.

His field of specialization includes fabric and yarn dyeing and development, effluent treatment plants, environment impact solutions and others.

He has worked with prestigious textile companies such as Reliance Industries, Gujarat Spinners, Raymond, Chenab Textile Mills and Hindprakash Lonsen Industries Pvt Ltd.

He is closely affiliated with various industry bodies, associations and societies which contribute towards the growth of textile industry. He has many awards and books to his accolades and accomplishments


What you'll learn:
Inauguration of Conference and plenary
Better Livelihood for Cotton Farmers
Key Note Speaker - Vision of Textile industry in India for 2035
Indian Synthetic Fibre Industry: Opportunities & Challenges in Global and Indian Landscape
Conducive Environment to Attract Youth into T&A industry
Yarn Industry - Growth driven by Innovation and Value Addition
Environmental sustainability: The X Factor to gain global advantage
Fashion Show
Networking Gala Dinner
Essentials for World Class Fabric and Processing Businesses in India
Women Entrepreneurs - Light bearers for Growth in Textiles Industry
Technology: Lifeline for Textile Industry in highly competitive global markets
Key Note Speaker – Key Take Away from a Leading Brand
Need of Hour: Industry driven learning - Bridging gap between Industry & Academia
Democratization of Designs and Fast Adaptability across the Globe
Key Note Speaker - Role of FTAs in International Textile & Apparel Trade and What should India do to stay globally competitive
Need for Design led innovation in Indian Home Textiles & Made-Ups Industry
Global Perception of Indian T&A Industry
India's Fashion Apparel Market: Entering a New Era of Growth
Technical textiles: A bright future for India's Textile Industry
Attracting Global Investments in T&A Industry
Changing the game for India's Apparel, Home Textiles and MadeUp Consumption
Industrial Visits
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“Farm to Fashion 2018, Indian Textiles Global Summit” is a premier Summit dedicated to scale-up each segment of the value chain of Textile Industry. GCCI as an organizer; is all set to promote the event intensively taking it to levels national and beyond. Expecting tremendous counts of footfalls, the summit also aims to achieve the intangible aspects of quality communications within the industry players.


  • - Networking opportunities with 150+ NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL MARKET PLAYERS.
  • - An chance to display your products to thousands of BUSINESS VISITORS /BUYERS FROM INDIA & ABROAD.
  • - EXPOSURE TO LEADING BRANDS, buyers, policy makers, specifiers, textile mills and consultants.
  • - ACCESS TO SENIOR DECISION MAKERS for sustainable textiles and suppliers.
  • - ONE FASHION SHOW PASS with Gala Dinner.
  • - Reimbursements of travel expenses of your visitors against production of boarding pass up to INR 5,000/- and upto INR 2,000/- per person towards hotel expenses. This provision will be made only for one visitor per exhibition stall.
  • - 50 INVITATION CARDS to your prospective buyers.


Manufacturers, agents, distributors and suppliers of

  • - Entire product value chain- Farm to Fashion, viz. cotton, spinning, ginning, weaving, knitting, yarn, fabric processing, digital printing, garments & apparels
  • - Textile Plant & Machinery
  • - Accessories
  • - Dyes, Pigments, Inks, Colourants and Chemical Auxiliaries for textiles

Exporters of -

  • - Garments & Apparels
  • - Home Textiles, Made ups and Home Furnishing
  • - Textile and Fashion Accessories
  • - Traditional Textiles, Handlooms and Handicrafts
  • Technical Textiles and Home Textiles
  • Technology suppliers
  • Laboratory Testing, Measuring and Quality Control Equipment and Accessories
  • Equipment for Recycling, Waste Reduction and Pollution prevention
  • Fashion designers
  • Financial Institutions

Fashion Show

Living upto its name, Farm to Fashion shall showcase exclusive ranges of clothing lines with an iconic fashion show by few of country's distinguished fashion designers, apparitional stylists and leading fabric companies of the world.

New style and signature statement will definitely be one of the takeaways from this raft of excellent collections, dorne by super models and chic show stoppers. The show shall capture the rich history and innovative products of the textile industry by presenting garments that would be breathtakingly dynamic to behold.



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Farm to Fashion 2018 has made accommodation provisions at subsidized rates for you to ensure a comfortable and convenient stay during the event.
Please find the hotel details below.


15,Ashram Road Usmanpura,
Ahmedabad-380013, Gujarat, India,
Ahmedabad, India
Ph: +91794026 8000
Website: www.starottel.com

Contact Person:

Ms. Kavita Sapra, Sales Manager
Mobile: +91 97128 80196

Deluxe Room Double room @ Rs 3000/ per room + applicable GST. (Inclusive of various facilities) Single room @ Rs 2800/ per room + applicable GST. (Inclusive of various facilities)
Premium Room Double room @ Rs 4200/ per room + applicable GST. (Inclusive of various facilities) Single room @ Rs 3850/ per room + applicable GST. (Inclusive of various facilities)
Club Room Double room @ Rs 5250/ per room + applicable GST. (Inclusive of various facilities) Single room @ Rs 4900/ per room + applicable GST. (Inclusive of various facilities)


Shri Ambika Mills Building, Opp Vallabh Sadan, Ashram Road,
Ahmedabad - 380009, Gujarat, India.

Tel: +91 79 26582301234     M: +91 97129 76880
E: events@gujaratchamber.org

Maskati Cloth Mahajan

42, Maskati Cloth market, Railwaypura, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380002

Tel: +91 79 22913 5342
M: +91 96240 86807 / +91 76007 08727
E: maskatimahajan1906@gmail.com

For Delegate Registration and Queries

M: +91 82600 60082

For Exhibition Space Booking and Queries

M: +91 9712976880
M: +91 96240 86807 / +91 76007 08727
E: info@farmtofashion.co.in
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