Bhiwandi textiles (Maharashtra)


Bhiwandi, in Thane district of Maharashtra, is renowned for its power looms. The Bhiwandi cluster mainly processes grey cloth/fabric. There are about 6000 power loom units located in Bhiwandi and nearby areas, the majority of them MSMEs, operating about 1.5 million power looms. The main raw materials are grey cotton yarn and white cotton yarn. The cluster provides direct employment to about 0.5 million people and indirect employment to around the same number of people.

Products manufactured

Grey fabric

Number of MSMEs


Energy consumption


Main fuels


Production & turnover

31.5 billion metres annually; Rs 124,000 crores

Total energy consumption (toe)

402,287 toe

Leading industry association(s)

  • Shri Halari Power Loom Owners' and Weavers' Association
  • Bhiwandi Power Loom Association

Other resources


Data pertains to 2015–16, collected primarily under the TERI–SDC EESE project


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