Kid garments manufacturing is definitely a promising and profitable venture in Indian clothing or garment industry. Kid garments manufacturing can be initiated and operated as small scale basis with comparatively small startup capital investment. Parental care is an automatic nature of human mind. Parents, normally, want to give the best quality and comfort to their children. Kid garments are always on high demand, regardless a developed or a developing economy. Ready made garments for infant is a new area in garment manufacture which has been developing very fast in our country in recent years, as there is good scope to set up the infant garment manufacturing unit in the country to
fulfil the huge demand in domestic as well as the export market.
Kid Garments Market Potential
Children’s wear market is one of the most lucrative segments in the global apparel industry. Estimated to hit a value of 173,6 billion dollars by 2017, the kidswear market was not even affected by the meltdown on the global economy. The market of infant garments depends on two major factors – the number of babies and children, and the purchasing power of parents. For emerging economy like India, the large customer base is a major attraction despite their lower household disposable incomes. In particular, India has experienced both baby and economic booms in the past decades, offering promise for business targeting babies and children. Comfort, safety and ease are the most important considerations when parents buy clothes for their babies and children.
One-piece outfits are popular as they are easy to get on and off, while clothing that has dangling strings, tassels and ribbons are basically avoided. Natural fabrics like cotton are mostly sought. The export market for ready-made garments is also based on Germany, USA, Canada, U.K., Indonesia and Australia, Brazil, West Africa, France, Italy and Holland etc. Thus, the infant garment manufacturing is financially a viable investment opportunity for the new entrepreneurs in Indian apparel industry.
Kid Garments Manufacturing Business Registration & License
In starting infant garments manufacturing, you will need to apply for different registrations and licenses from different Government Authority.
- Business registration with ROC
- Trade License from Municipal Authority
- Udyog Aadhaar MSME Registration
- VAT Registration
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Finance For Kid Garments Manufacturing Business
As a kid garments, manufacturing is a labour intensive operation, calculation of manpower investment in crucial. It is advisable to prepare a detailed project report according to your investment capacity and desired output. As any other manufacturing business, either you can apply for a project loan. Or you can apply separately for working capital and fixed capital loan. Angel investment is also a good opportunity for this type of business.
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Kid Garments Manufacturing Machinery & Utilities
In starting kid garments manufacturing, following machinery are required:
- Foot operated sewing machine with all accessories
- Double needle stitching machine with motor and all accessories and motor
- Overlock stitching machine completes with all accessories and motor
- Electric Press (steam)
- Workshop and testing equipment
Required utilities are electricity and water. Maximum care should be taken while selecting the machinery and other electrical equipment so as to ensure minimum power consumption.
Kid Garments Manufacturing Process & Raw Material
Considering the products like baby frocks, suits, shirts, baby bed sheet and blankets, the process involves the following steps:
#1. Procurement of Fabric: Dyed/printed/bleached cotton/synthetic fabrics as per demand are to be
procured from the open market. The fabric will be inspected by lying on the inspection table against light before cutting so that unevenness in colour/shade or any other fault if visible in the fabric are eliminated.
#2. Cutting and Stitching: The inspected fabric is placed on the cutting table in layers and then the different parts of respective garments are demarked by a chalk as per different sizes, cutting is carried out by the scissor. Stitching is carried out for an individual portion and the garments by skilled workers with the help of stitching and overlocking, double needle stitching machine etc.
#3. Checking, Pressing and Packing: Checking is done before pressing and packing in the checking table so that any fault in the garment may be removed and threads eliminated. The individual pieces
are pressed by the steam press to remove any wrinkle marks and packed in carton boxes.
Raw material requirements are as follows:
- Terrycot/Cotton fabrics of various colour and design
- Knitted shoddy raised fabrics/cotton fabrics
- Cotton fabrics/blanket cloth
- Lining cloth
- Sewing thread
- Misc. items like the label and packing consumables.
The quality of infant garments mainly depends on the quality of fabric used. Therefore, care must be taken while purchasing fabrics to ensure good colour fastness made as per customers’ specification in respect of size design and fashion.