The latest trend is to replace leather with synthetic fabrics.
It’s a trend that will only become more popular as the number of leather products sold in India continues to fall.
The leather industry in India is expected to see a drop of about 12% in the next 10 years, from 1.1 billion tonnes in 2015 to 1.0 billion tonnes by 2021, according to a report by the Leather Institute of India (LI).
But with the number and value of leather items declining in the country, manufacturers and retailers are scrambling to find alternatives.
According to the study, a recent surge in demand for leather goods from countries such as Indonesia, the US, and Europe led to the creation of new leather products.
The rise of leather-related imports into India is a concern for industry leaders, as demand for such goods is expected drop as demand from the US is expected grow.
The new leather goods coming from overseas is also expected to reduce leather imports from India to a smaller extent, due to the introduction of products made of leather and synthetic fabrics in India.
Some companies have decided to shift their production to China, which has more than 30 times as much leather than India.
According a recent report by CII, there are around 2,000 leather factories in India, compared to 1,600 in China.