CMAI’s 71st National Garment Fair – Online From 10th to 20th September 2020

Business Wire India
“In what should be the first Digital Fair in the Domestic Garment Industry, The Clothing Manufacturers Association of India (CMAI) will be organizing 71st National Garment Fair – ONLINE from 10th to the 20th September, 2020. The 71st NGF will have over 250 participants, and close to 20,000 Retailers are expected to visit the Fair Digitally,” informed Mr. Rakesh Biyani, President of The Clothing Manufacturers Association of India.

It is a matter of privilege for CMAI that the Hon. Minister for Textiles, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, has agreed to launch the Fair, on the 10th September, 2020.

The National Garment Fairs conducted by CMAI have, over the last several decades, become one of the most important events in the calendar of the Domestic Garment Industry. Innumerable Brands have been launched during the NGFs (as they are popularly called), and Manufacturers plan their production around the dates of the NGFs, as do Retailers their Buying for the Season.

Mr. Rajesh Masand, Vice President of CMAI stated that The current Covid-19 crisis makes the holding of events of the size and scale of NGFs impossible. With travel between cities, interaction between Manufacturers and Retailers, and distribution of samples across various centres becoming an extremely difficult if not viable option, CMAI has come up with the unique concept of a Virtual Fair, where Buyers and Sellers would meet digitally to showcase and see the samples from the safety of their Offices, Showrooms, and Homes.

This Fair is being brought to you in partnership with UDAAN, India’s leading B2B e-commerce platform having the Largest Distribution Network for Retailers, Wholesalers, Brands and Manufacturers across multiple Categories. Udaan’s Marketplace services include Credit, Logistics, Marketing & Sales support to Buyers and Sellers on its Platform, facilitating efficient and convenient transactions across the Country. 


The NGFs not only usher in the new Season, but have often played the role of turning around the mood of the Industry – with its showcasing of new trends, Brand launches, fresh innovations – and bringing in its wake a new excitement and energy.

In the current situation of agonizingly slow recovery, such a change of mood is keenly required.

As per the CMAI Apparel Consumption Study, conducted with the assistance of A.C.Nielson, India’s premier Market Research Agencies, the size of the Domestic Market before Covid-19 crisis stood at Rs.6.5 lakh crores. The Survey was conducted over a sample size of 80,000 plus Households.  

According to Mr. Rahul Mehta, Chief Mentor of CMAI, CMAI estimates that the consumption will go down by approximately 30% in the year 2020-2021. Various surveys conducted by CMAI over the last few months also indicate at least 20% of respondents shutting business unless markets improve substantially. It is estimated that most manufacturers have also planned a reduction in employee strength by 20% to 25%. Considering that the Garment Industry employs around 12 million people, this reduction amounts to an alarming figure.

The biggest issue confronting the Domestic Market is the slow recovery of consumer sentiment, and hence the strong decline in domestic sales. The market is expected to revive to around 70% of previous year’s levels by the 3rd Quarter, with the festive season setting in.

It is to take advantage of this partial recovery that CMAI is planning the 71st NGF, and it is expected to kick-start the season once again.


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