Silk in the Indian subcontinent is a luxury good that carries a long history. Archaeological discoveries in Harappa and Chanhudaro hint towards sericulture present during the time of the Indus Valley Civilization (dating between 2450 BC and 2000 BC). However, certain evidences found for silk production in China dates to around 2570 BC.
Let’s have a look at the Silk map of India, but before that,
Some Quick Facts:
- India is the second largest producer and the largest consumer of silk in the world after China.
- About 97% of the raw mulberry silk comes from six Indian states, namely, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Jammu and Kashmir, Tamil Nadu, Bihar and West Bengal.
- Mysore and North Bangalore are the upcoming sites of a $20 million Silk City.
- Emerging silk producing districts in Tamil Nadu are Salem, Erode and Dharmapuri.
- Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, and Gobichettipalayam, Tamil Nadu, were the first locations to have automated silk reeling units in India.