WWEPC has been established by the Government of India on 6th October, 1964 as a non-profit organization under the Society Registration Act, 1860 with the responsibility to enhance the exports of all types of wool and woollen/ acrylic blended/ pashmina products like knitwears, sweaters, jersey, pullovers, fabric worsted and woollen suiting's, shawls, stoles, ponchos, mufflers, socks, thermal wear, blankets, machine made carpets, felts, yarns, tops/noils, hand woven textiles and other made-ups.

WWEPC is registering authority under Foreign Trade Policy which is basically promoting, supporting and assisting firms in entering the international markets.

WWEPC provides invaluable assistance to Indian exporters as well as importers/ buyers who choose India as their preferred sourcing destination for woollen products.

WWEPC help registered member-exporters through various functions direct or indirect to grow and compete in global markets and hence plays a significant role for any exporter in India. The Council has more than 2000 members who are manufacturers and exporters of woollen/acrylic blended products.


In India Woollen textiles and clothing industry is relatively small compared to the cotton and manmade fibre based textiles and clothing industry. However, the woollen sector plays an important role in linking the rural economy with the manufacturing industry, represented by small, medium and large scale units. The product portfolio is equally divergent from textile intermediaries to finished textiles, garments, knitwears, blankets, carpets and an incipient presence in technical textiles. Wool industry is a rural based export oriented industry and caters to civil and defense requirements for warmer clothing.

The woollen industry in the country is of the size of Rs. 11484.82 Crores and broadly divided & scattered between the organized and decentralized sectors.

The organized sector consists of: Composite mills, Combing units, Worsted and Non Worsted spinning units, Kintwears and Woven Garments units and Machine Made Carpets manufacturing units.

The Decentralize Sector includes Hosiery and knitting, Power-looms, Hand knotted carpets, Druggets, Namadahs and Independent dyeing, Process houses and Woollen Handloom Sector. There are several woollen units in the country, majority of which are in the small scale sector.

The industry has the potential to generate employment in far-flung and diverse regions and at present provides employment in the organised wool sector to about 12 lakh persons, with an additional 20 lakh persons associated in the sheep rearing and farming sector. Further, there are 3.2 lakh weavers in the carpet sector.

Powerloom Development & Export Promotion Council (PDEXCIL)

Powerloom Development & Export Promotion Council (PDEXCIL) is set up by the Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India in the year 1995. The Council has been registered under Section 25 of The Companies Act, 1956, having its Registered Head Office at Mumbai, Maharashtra & Regional Office at Erode, Tamil Nadu.

The main objectives of the PDEXCIL is to promote, support, develop, advance and increase powerlooms and export of Powerloom fabrics and made-ups thereof and to carry out any such activity in such manner as may be necessary or expedient.

  • Participation in the international textile exhibitions under various schmes of Govt. of India, like MDA and MAI at subsidies charges.
  • PDEXCIL organizes Buyer Seller Meet jointly with the office of the Textile Commissioner at different locations in India for promotion of powerloom fabrics and made ups at vary nominal participation charges.
  • Organizing various training programmes/workshops/seminars to educate the Entrepreneurs on various business related issues and promotion of various schemes of Govt. of India like GIS, ISPSD, and TUFS etc.
  • PDEXCIL publishes Newsletter, to disseminate valuable market information & other information
  • PDEXCIL with financial assistance from Government of India has also established Design Studio at Erode for providing training and filling the skill gap in the industry.
  • PDEXCIL through its regional office in Erode is conducting skill developing training programme under ISDS and has now entered in the main phase of the scheme