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Raw silk production in India FY 2017 by state

The south Indian state of Karnataka was the leading raw silk producer, with over 9,500 metric tons of raw silk produced in fiscal year 2017. The Ramanagara district in Karnataka is the largest market for silk cocoons in Asia.

Sericulture - agro-based industry

Sericulture comprises of two important activities: cultivating food for silkworms and reeling the cocoons spun by the worms for unwinding the filament to process and weave. Domesticated silkworm such as Bombyx mori, are fed mulberry leaves to obtain Mulberry silk, the leading silk variety in India. As a labor-intensive industry with a low gestation period and high returns, the sericulture industry provides gainful employment to weaker and marginalized sections of the society.

Ahimsa silk

Traditionally, silk cocoons are boiled along with the silkworms to harvest the fibers. As the production of silk threads from the cocoon is very cruel to the silk worms, many refrain from owning silk products. In contrast, Peace silk or Ahimsa silk is made by naturally allowing the silkworm to emerge out of the cocoon. This variety of silk has the same feel of silk but has a raw appearance. Designers are leaning towards using cruelty-free silks such as Spider silk, Lotus silk, and Art silk.

Volume of raw silk produced in India in financial year 2017, by state

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Release date

May 2019



Survey time period

FY 2017

Supplementary notes

To retrieve data, select Chapter 11: Sericulture and click on Sub-chapter 11.1: Production of Raw Silk and Silk Yarn - All India Table-11.1(A).
This statistic includes both public and private sectors of spun silk mills.
Values have been rounded.

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