Mysore silk

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Mysore Silk
Geographical indication
Mysore Silk Saree.jpg
Mysore Silk Saree with gold inlay
Descriptionsilk sarees weaved in Mysore
AreaMysore, Karnataka
Official website

Karnataka produces 9,000 metric tons of mulberry silk of a total of 20,000 metric tons of mulberry silk produced in the country, thus contributing to nearly 45% of the country's total mulberry silk[1]. In Karnataka, silk is mainly produced in the Mysore district. It's a patent registered product under KSIC. KSIC is an owner of the all Mysore Silk brand.


The growth of the silk industry in the Kingdom of Mysore was first initiated during the reign of Tipu Sultan nearly 1780-1790AC.[2] Later it was hit by a global depression, and competition from imported silk and rayon. In the second half of the 20th century, it revived and the Mysore State became the top multivoltine silk producer in India.[2]


Mysore silk is produced by Karnataka Silk Industries Corporation Limited (KSIC). The factory was founded in 1912 by Sri Nalvadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar, the Maharaja of Mysore.[3] Initially, the silk fabrics were manufactured & supplied to meet the requirements of the royal family and ornamental fabrics to their armed forces. After India gained independence, the Mysore State Sericulture Dept. took control of the silk weaving factory.[4] In 1980, the factory was handed over to KSIC, a government of Karnataka industry.[5] Today, products include silk sarees, shirts, kurta’s, silk dhoti, and neckties.

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  1. ^ "Visualization Engine v3.0". Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  2. ^ a b R.k.datta (2007). Global Silk Industry: A Complete Source Book. APH Publishing. p. 17. ISBN 8131300870. Retrieved 22 January 2013.
  3. ^ "Mysore Silk Sarees: A Lesson In Handloom, History And Style". The Ethnic Soul. 1 February 2017. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  4. ^ Karnataka, Official Website of Government of Karnataka, GOK, Government of. "Home". Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Ksic Silks". Retrieved 3 December 2018.

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