The Leather industry in India accounts for around 13% of the world’s leather production


Export Share of Finished Leather (2022-23)


Export share of Non-Leather Footwear (2022-23)

4 mn+

People employed


Export share of Leather Footwear (2022-23)

$5.26 Bn

Exports of leather, footwear and leather products in 2022-23


Production units in the sector are Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME) units


FDI allowed under automatic route

3 bn

sq. ft. of overall leather manufacturing capacity


Of the world's footwear production

Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion


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Formulation and implementation of industrial policy and strategies for industrial development in conformity with the development needs and national objectives.

Central Leather Research Institute

044-24910897 / 24910846

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CLRI, today, is a central hub in Indian leather sector with direct roles in education, research, training, testing, designing, forecasting, planning, social empowerment and leading in science and technology relating to leather.

Council for Leather Exports

+91- 44- 28594367

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CLE is the single largest and apex trade promotion organisation of the strong and rapidly growing Indian leather & leather products industry.

Footwear Design and Development Institute


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To Develop Human Resources within the country by imparting appropriate knowledge and skills to promote the rapid growth of footwear and allied industry in the country.

National Institute of Fashion Technology


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NIFT is the pioneering institute of fashion education in the country.

Central Footwear Training Institute


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To train personnel in footwear technology as per the requirements of the trade and industry.

Investment Opportunities

  • Leather footwear and accessories clusters
  • Leather technology and best practices exchange
  • Training and skill development in the sector
  • Raw and processed leather and products export

Key Investors

India has a well-oiled enterprise promoting machinery that is backed by strong legislative, judiciary, executive and capital establishments


India has a well-oiled enterprise promoting machinery that is backed by strong legislative, judiciary, executive, and capital establishments


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