Leather industry is on a high due to the ever increasing demand.

By zabetungasis on January 22, 2011 In Arts and Entertainment





Leather evokes emotion and mostly the strong ones. Some get thrilled, some get intimidated and some get furious because of the insensitivity shown to animals during its extraction. Irrespective of the intensified campaigning by the animal rights activists, the sale of leather products is unapologetically – on the rise! Leather lovers around the world are basking in the glory of trendsetting leather designs which are getting showcased at a neck breaking speed.

Industry experts in a candid confession admit that leather apparel has been one of the hottest flavour of this season and its popularity is shooting up enormously. New trends in the leather apparel are being spotted in almost every fashion week. Innovative and different forms of leather such as crocodile, alligator, snakeskin and stingrays are attracting new segment of buyers, all across the globe. Leather apparels are now available in never before seen textures and colours with the help of latest innovations in the apparel sector.

Earlier many use to think that leather apparels would be suitable only for winters however with the help of state of art technology, a lot of experimentation is being carried out to make leather – an all season fabric.

As per the last statistic available, Indian Leather Industry employs about 2.5 million people. It is an important contributor to our foreign exchange and is on the verge of aggressive growth, post recession.

Indian leather suppliers export a wide array of leather products like jackets, shoes, belts, pants, hats and jewellery, which can be paired in different ways and are in great demand as an extended set of fashion accessory.

On the downside, one of the major challenge for the leather suppliers in the upcoming times, will be to make peace with the environmentalists and animal rights advocates for a hassle free long run. Globally new laws are being drafted to mitigate the problem of toxic waste arising out of leather manufacturing and toning and leather suppliers themselves should initiate a solution rather than taking a laid back approach on this issue.

In addition to it, leather suppliers are struggling to post higher profits, these days, due to the increase in the price of the raw material. Moreover, buyers too are getting selective as they don’t shy off from demanding sophisticated leather products with natural look or innovative textures.

Despite of the issues discussed above, leather industry is on a high due to the ever increasing demand for the leather products. Overall, 2011 seems to be the year where in Indian leather suppliers will be able to make a mark for themselves and consolidate the gains made in 2010.

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