Mysore Silk Saree with gold inlay
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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. In Karnataka, silk is mainly grown 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 Maharaja of Mysore nearly 1500-1600AC. 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.
Mysore is rich for its royal heritage and grandeur and it is no surprise that the silk produced there reflect the traditional splendor through its rich yet delicate motifs.The name Mysore silk is a befitting tribute to its ancestry. Karnataka Silk Industries Corporation Limited (KSIC) the proud inheritor of this royal legacy, has treasured it for over seven decades, has been producing 100% pure silk with pure gold zari. We are in the business of manufacturing quality silk products of varied designs for end-user consumption. The Products include finest of designer silk sarees, Shirts, Kurta’s, Silk Dhoti and Men’s Tie. The silk Products are manufactured in our factories located in Mysore district of Karnataka state, INDIA. The silk weaving factory in Mysore, presently owned by KSIC, was established in the year 1912 by Sri Nalvadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar, Maharaja of Mysore province. Initially, the silk fabrics were manufactured & supplied to meet the requirements of the royal family and ornamental fabrics to their armed forces.
The unit was started with 10 looms and gradually increased to 138 looms over a period. The looms and preparatory machines were imported from Switzerland and was the first of its kind in India. After India gained Independence the Mysore state Sericulture Dept. took control of the silk weaving factory.
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