Hinrich Foundation highlights India leather craftsmanship in latest special report
30-page importer’s guide features select export suppliers of stylish and innovative leather fashion accessories
– Designers: Artists from featured companies combining traditional techniques and current styles to create unique leather crafts.
– Innovative designs & suppliers: Select suppliers offering travel goods, apparel, footwear and other leather products.
– Sector support: Government and trade association initiatives that help the industry grow
The Hinrich Foundation team interviewed suppliers, designers and industry experts for this special report, including Bhimji Koyla of Leder Handcrafted, Paul Abhishek of Love Leather, Gautam Sinha of Nappa Dori and Rafeeque Ahmed, president of the All India Skin and Hide Tanners and Merchants Association.
“India’s leather and leather goods industry, known for its rich craftsmanship, has gone through a remarkable transformation in the last few decades,” said Bushra Baseerat, Hinrich Foundation’s export consultant in India. “The sector is putting great emphasis on design, particularly innovative, beautiful and contemporary designs in sync with buyers’ needs that feature traditional techniques such as handpunching and embroidery. India suppliers have also become more flexible with buyer requirements, offer customization and accept small orders. In view of environmental concerns, many of them have also switched to using vegetable tanned leather.”
To help buyers new to India sourcing, the Hinrich Foundation has prepared a guide that provides an overview of the industries and products available. Buyers will also learn how to find and evaluate reliable suppliers, available banking options, common methods of payment, shipping details and steps to avoid or settle trade disputes.