Karnataka produces 9,000 metric tons of mulberry silk, of a total of 14,000 metric tons produced in the country, thus contributing to nearly 70% of the country’s total mulberry silk. In Karnataka, silk is mainly grown in the Mysuru district.
The growth of the silk industry in the Kingdom of Mysore was first initiated during the reign of Tipu Sultan. 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.
The silk weaving factory in Mysore, presently owned by KSIC, was established in the year 1912 by the 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 44 looms over a period. The looms and preparatory machines were imported from Switzerland and were the first of their kind in India. After India gained Independence, the Mysore state Sericulture Dept. took control of the silk weaving factory.
In 1980, the Silk weaving factory was handed over to Karnataka Silk Industries Corporation Ltd., a Govt. of Karnataka enterprise and is popularly known as KSIC.
Where to buy : Karnataka Silk Industries Corporation Limited