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Mysore Silk

In Karnataka, silk is mainly produced in Mysore district, where 45% of the country's total mulberry silk is produced. The growth of the silk industry in 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 was revived and Mysore State became the top multivoltine silk producer in India. Initially, the silk fabrics were manufactured and supplied to meet the requirements of the royal family.

After India gained independence, the Mysore State Sericulture Department took control of silk weaving. Today, products include silk saris, shirts, kurtas, silk dhoti, and neckties.

Related Weaves


If you were to out to chart the history of Bhujodi’s sartorial landscape, you might get lost in the journey itself – this is a village that seemingly defies time.


This style of weaving has been influenced by two states, Maharashtra and Telangana. Narayanpet saris have had the privilege of enjoying the royal patronage of the Marathas.

Baluchari Silk

In the 18th and 19th centuries, Baluchar was an important hub of the thriving silk textile industry in the Murshidabad region of West Bengal.


Kantha, a popular style of embroidery that comes from West Bengal, is a significant symbol that displays the skill and talent of the rural women.