The textile sector plays a key role in the Indian economy by way of significant contribution to GDP, manufacturing output, employment generation, and export earnings. The sector contributes 14% to industrial production, 4% to India‘s GDP and constitutes 13% of the country‘s export earnings. The textile sector is one of the largest source of employment generators in India; it employs over 4.5 crore people, directly.

Bihar is home of around one lakh weavers for whom manufacturing and dealing with fabric and garment is their livelihood. The presence of weavers‘ community is, therefore, an important asset base in terms of availability of skilled and semi-skilled workers for textile units. Apart from the regular weaver community, a large number of youths (especially, the female youth) in the state can be employed in the textile manufacturing units which can offer conducive employment opportunities such as sewing, stitching, cutting, and other tailoring requirements.

  • 14,000

    No.of power-looms in Bihar concentrated mainly in Bhagalpur, Gaya, and Banka districts.

The High Priority Sectors for investment identified by the State Government in Textile, Apparel and Leather Sector are listed below:

Sectors Investment Opportunity
Weaving / Knitting / Stitching (a) Power-loom and knitting(b) Production of Ready-made garments
Production of apparel and home textile (a) Woven and knitted apparel manufacturing(b) Hosiery products manufacturing(c) Carpets and other home textiles
Banana Fibre/Jute Fibre (a) Integrated units for processing Banana Fibres and manufacture of products using Banana Fibres like cloth and other items.(b) Integrated units for processing Jute Fibres and manufacture of products using Jute Fibres like cloth and other items.
Leather and Artificial Leather and leather substitute material (a) Manufacturing of garments/ Shoes/Slippers/footwear(b) Manufacture of furniture upholstery, upholstery for automobile (cars, etc.)(c) Manufacturing of leather goods (for e.g. labels, tags, belts, bags, purses hand gloves and other accessories, and fashion items)


  1. The end product for such units should be ready to the extent for consumption/sale in the retail market. Units manufacturing products that are intermediary in nature shall not qualify under this category. Accordingly, all such units should also have an integrated packaging facility including coding and labelling etc.
  2. The above list of units/ enterprises is only indicative and the State Government may suitably revise the list under the high priority sector from time to time.