There is a growing demand seen for blended fabrics such as cotton blended with viscose and polyester both in domestic as well as international markets, as their prices are economical and available of more value added products.
The price for blended cotton products is much cheaper than the pure cotton. Blended cotton fabrics are preferred more in the market as pure cotton is expensive and for a selected class, said an official from textile firm.
According to Rajeev Gopal, Global chief marketing officer at a one of the leading textile manufacturing firm, the demand for cotton blended with viscose and polyester is very good. Viscose and modal are great fibers to be added with cotton as it provides an element of fluidity and softness in garments.
Exports of viscose staple fiber (VSF) based garment has grown by 17 percent to 230 tonne per day (TPD) in fiscal year 2016 compared to over 198 TPD in 2015.
USA is the top buyer for India's VSF based garment with 23 percent share followed by UK, UAE, Spain, Germany, Netherlands and France.
But according to market participants, due to increased demand for blended fabrics, viscose prices are increasing, but not in an extent to the cotton prices, making it attractive for spinners.
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