At Numero Uno position on the sericulture map of India, Karnataka is the largest producer of silk in India. Mecca of mulberry silk, it is responsible for contributing to nearly 70% of the country's total mulberry silk. Considered a symbol of royalty and aristocracy, the tradition of wearing silk sarees for marriages and other auspicious ceremonies is a custom in all parts of India and thus silk sarees are made across weaves all over the country. While most of the weavesuse mulberry silk known as the finest silk of all, as the raw material in their weave, the supply of this silk comes from cities like Bangalore, Mysore and Ramanagara of Karnataka. Not only is it known for its silk production as raw material but it is well known for its silk sarees too. Some of the weaves like the Bangalore silk sareesand the Mysore silk sareesare world famous for their exemplary quality, their fine weave, extraordinary color combinations and sumptuouszarimotifs.
Need of the royalty that gave birth to production of silk in Karnataka, the state today boasts of a laudable collection of weaves not only in silk but other fabrics like cottons, silk cottons and chiffons too. The state with its diverse cultural background has one thing in common, it’s exceptional weaving talent. On one hand ifthe very cosmopolitan city of Bangalore is capable of churning out some of the most elegant traditional silk sarees in the form of Bangalore silk that are elegant showpieces of grandeur worthy of their creation,on the other, the culturally rich traditional Mysore town is capable of producing some of the most trendy sarees of today like the very popular Mysore chiffons that with theirflowy and light textures and their very special tactile look and feel are rather intriguing and fascinating. But what has really caught on the attention of the world is the Mysore silk saree that is famous for purity of its silk and use of real zari threads and its painstaking and stringent process of making ensuring every aspect of the sari oozes perfection.