In 1989, Anil Kariwala founded Kariwala Industries Ltd. and began exporting quality workwear from India to countries such as England, the United States, Germany, Belgium, and Holland. As a way to ensure only the finest quality merchandise reached his customers at a competitive price, the business soon became the first company in India to manufacture high-end protective workwear. The company began exporting as a merchant exporter in 1991.
Kariwala became the first exporters of workwear as manufacturer-exporters in the Falta Export Processing Zone near Calcutta in 1993.
In 1992, the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro had a profound effect on Kariwala Industriesâ€™ vision of corporate responsibility, inspiring a decision to produce eco-friendly bags that would revolutionise the marketplace for a new green global economy. From manufacturing, to export, to function, the aim was to redefine this accessory, and to provide a truly green solution for carrying anything and everything. In 1994, Kariwala began exporting these green bags to the world market.
Success of the business soon meant it was time to open a second factory, and in 1997, Kariwala Industries opened its doors yet again, expanding its line of products and upgrading its facilities, proudly acquiring ISO 9002 certification soon after. Kariwala became the first CAD-driven company of its type in India in 1999, using Lectra software for fabric cutting. Kariwala opened another factory in Sri Lanka in 2000, and in 2002, moved into newly built corporate offices at Kariwala Towers at sector five in Salt Lake City, Kolkata. In 2002, the government of India recognised the company as a certified export house.