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  • Good, Old Mysore Silk

    When we think of South Indian fabric, the first thing that stands out is the Silk saree: the unique weave, smooth texture and minimalistic designs made with zari and motifs. Of all the myriad styles of silk sarees, ‘Mysore Silk Saree’ from Karnataka is an absolute favorite for everyone, be it for everyday wear or for weddings and functions.

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    The history of Mysore Silk

    While its beginnings may be non-Indian, but today silk holds an important place in the wardrobe of every Indian and Mysore Silk takes the lead in this. Legend has it that history of silk in India can be traced back to the reign of Tipu Sultan(in 1785) who first imported silk cocoons from China and dreamt of making Mysore a leading center for silk production in the world. Since then sericulture has flourished in the Mysore region and the neighboring districts of Mandya, Chamarajnagar and Bengaluru.

    Another turning point for Mysore Silk in India was in 1912 when Maharaja of Mysore Krishna Raja Wadiyar IV went to Britain for Queen Victoria’s jubilee celebration and noticed the British royalty wearing machine made silk fabric. This inspired him to import 32 silk weaving machines from Switzerland and setting up the Mysore Silk Weaving Factory.

    What makes Mysore Silk so special?

    Each and every piece of Mysore silk is exclusively manufactured and produced by the Karnataka Silk Industries Corporation, each piece has a distinct mark and unique code embroidered in the corner. This unique code gives the following information:

    • The history of the saree
    • Details of its manufacturing
    • Hours spent on making the saree
    • Wages received by the weavers for the saree

    In fact, the unique code is the most telling sign and lets you distinguish an original from a fake.

    A feature that distinguishes Mysore silk sareesfrom other varieties is the use of genuine silk and pure gold zari giving it a natural sheen and rich texture. Even an old Mysore silk saree can be spotted from a mile away owing to its simple design and ‘as good as new’ shine.

    Mysore Silk today

    Today traditional and authentic silk sarees are manufactured exclusively by the Karnataka Silk Industries Corporation (KSIC). KSIC is the sole proprietor of the geographical indication for ‘Mysore Silk’ with certificate of GI patent which was awarded in 2005.

    With an estimated 35000 metres of pure silk fabric being produced every month, Mysore Silk has become one of the fastest selling and most demanded handloom product in India and is a favorite for weddings and traditional ceremonies.

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