Plans afoot to usher Karnataka into the realms of silk

With the announcement of developing seven mega textile parks in the budget, handloom silk industry of Karnataka is on top priority in govt’s scheme to boost textile sector.

Betting on the potential of indigenous silk industry particularly in the southern and northeastern region, the government is devising schemes which can facilitate the digital enablement of artisans and expose them to a bigger market.

Union Minister of Textiles and Woman & Child Development Smriti Irani recently in an inaugural session of Karnataka Vastra Tek РApparel & Textile Conclave organised by the Department of Handloom and Textiles of the state in association with FICCI Karnataka State Council  asserted that the state of Karnataka reigns in the realm of silk and govt has set aside Rs 2000 crore specifically for the development of silk to push the goal of self reliance.

Talking about the structuring of the handicraft sector she informed that ‘Pehchaan Cards has also been distributed to over 26000 artisans for the purpose of their identification.

She went further to suggest GeM portal that has brought on board over 1,50,000 weavers from across the country, a similar digital opportunity is given to the marketing of artisans and weavers of Karnataka.

As per the latest handloom census there are over 50,0000 weavers in Karnataka who are looking for the opportunities to register on digital platforms to expand their customer reach.

The state of Karnataka alone claims the production of about 9,000 metric tons of mulberry silk of a total of 20,000 metric tons of mulberry silk produced in the country and hence contributing to nearly 45% of the country’s total mulberry silk. Mysore is the chief district which produces the largest quantity. It is registered as a patent product under KSIC.

Cover image by Udayavani

Silk City Banaras

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