Thursday, November 5, 2020

Mysore Silk Sari

Mysore Silk Sari 

Popularly known as ‘Mysore Silk’, the fabric denotes South Indian Royalty. Its rich look and soft texture make this type of Silk a South Indian bride’s top pick. Though it originates from the South, there is equal, if not more, demand for this rich quality Silk fabric in the North as well as the rest of the world.

Origin and History

Producing over 9,000 metric tons of Silk per year, Karnataka’s silk history dates back to the time of Tipu Sultan’s reign. The Silk produced in the Kingdom of Mysore was the most grossing and widely popular culture during his period. However, the Great Depression saw the decline of the Silk due to intense competition from imported silk and rayon.

The popular Silk from Karnataka now called Mysore Silk saw its revival in the 20th century. Now, it is the most worn kind of Silk across the country. Though there is no clear-cut explanation on how they used to produce the quality Silk or the detailing and nuances that have advanced along with technological development, the widespread adoration for the fabric has no bounds.


Genuine Mysore silk fabric does not wear off with one wash. It is usually dry cleaned as it needs to be carefully handled due to its soft texture. Very light detergent is to be used as the luster may be affected if heavy chemicals come in contact with the fabric. Since all kinds of Silk dry very fast, it is advised to not leave the fabric too long under the sun.

Occasion Dressing

Predominantly, this fabric is worn by brides all across the country. The various styles of draping the saree vary from state to state in the country. The Mysore Silk Sarees are a common addiction in India when there is a mention of weddings. Due to its heavy weaving and authentic look, the fabric is quite expensive. Back in the olden days, this fabric was the sign of the upper class. Cotton was the fabric worn by the lower or the underprivileged classes. The tradition of pricing the Mysore Silk Sarees at a very high rate has not changed over time.

Interesting Facts and Comparisons

The first Silk factory in Mysore was established by the Maharaja of Mysore in 1912. This is now owned by KSIC

However, one must be very alert while purchasing any kind of Silk especially Mysore Silk. There are many faux silk producers who cheat customers by claiming their sarees to be of Mysore Silk quality. The new tradition of hallmarking the saree with a special code brought about by KSIC has been a boon to all Mysore Silk lovers.

Mysore Silk celebrated its 100th birthday with the introduction of designer Mysore Silk Sarees.

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