Global Islamic clothing market is expected to be driven on account of growing Islamic population in emerging markets of Indonesia and Malaysia and enforcement of Sharia law in Middle East. Hijab, khimar, abaya, chador, jilbab, niqab, burqa, shalwar kameez, ghutr, bisht and thobe are product forms available in Islamic clothing market. These products are used in the form of apparels, footwear, headwear and other accessories. The regulatory inclination in Middle East for making compulsory for women to cover their heads is expected to fuel the demand for hijab clothing as headwear and thus in turn promote market growth over the forecast period. Increasing deployment of halal standards along with technological advancement in apparel industry of Middle East is expected to have a positive impact on Islamic clothing market over the forecast period. Rising importance of western clothing products in Islamic countries on account of new product launches and implementing tailored specific solutions is expected to be a challenging factor for market growth. Shifting trend towards online shopping on account of increasing public awareness along with attractive offers is expected to be a hampering factor for Islamic clothing market over the forecast period. Growing demand for bovine species in food & beverage industry on account of rising importance of protein consumption in emerging markets of China and Brazil is expected to restrict the availability of cattle for the production of apparel and headwear in Islamic clothing market over the next seven years.
Asia Pacific is expected to be the one of the promising markets on account of high concentration of Islamic population. Growing textile industry in India and China on account of low manufacturing cost and favourable regulatory inclination to facilitate foreign investments is expected to ensure raw material access for Islamic clothing market. Middle East countries have started to reduce reliance on domestic energy sector on account of decreasing output of oil & gas reserves and declining crude oil prices. As a result, the governments of Middle East countries particularly, Saudi Arabia announced new policies aimed to open investments in textile, automotive and construction sectors at domestic level. Therefore, increasing investment in textile industry in Middle East on account of regulatory support and growing domestic consumptions of apparel is expected to augment Islamic clothing market growth over the forecast period. In 2013, the government of Turkey relaxed norms on the restriction of wearing traditional headscarf and is expected to have a positive impact on the Islamic clothing market in the next seven years. In April 2011, France banned covering up of faces in public spaces on the use of balaclavas, niqabs and burqas, which is expected to have a negative impact over the forecast period. Increasing deployment of halal standards in clothing industry of Europe to cater the growing demand among Islamic population is expected to open new markets over the forecast period.
Global Islamic clothing market is fragmented and consists of numerous small regional players. Local players have established presence on account of manufacturing dresses based on regional preferences. Increasing integration with online market is expected to increase acquisitions and collaborations in the Islamic clothing industry and likely to open new market opportunities over the forecast period. Some manufacturers of Islamic clothing include, Shukr Islamic Clothing, Guangzhou City Haizhu Area Red Clothing, Haya Islamic Clothing, Woven Fabric Company, Modern Hejab, Halal Fashions SME, Hijabilicious, Muslim Apparel, Simply Islam, 411 Hijabs, Islamic Clothing and East Essence. The government of India announced Make In India campaign in September 2014, intended for increasing domestic output of manufacturing sector. As a result, raw material access along with increasing Islamic population in India is expected to open new markets for Islamic clothing manufacturers in the near future. In May 2015, East Essence with Snapdeal India, an e-commerce company, aims at turning India into major market for the Islamic clothing segment and to make India a manufacturing hub for international markets. In May 2015, Italy-based clothing manufacturer Mango launched its new Islamic clothing product under the brand name, Ramadan collection which is expected to tap new applications in the near future. In December 2013, Haya Islamic Clothing launched new product under the brand name “Modest Traditional Islamic Wear”, aimed at creating a fusion between high fashion and modest wear.
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