eNarada, Bengaluru, Thursday, September 7, 2017
When it comes to the best in quality silk sarees; the first name that strikes our mind is the Mysore Silk Saree.
Manufactured by the prestigious Karnataka State Silk Industries Corporation (KSIC), the sarees are a household name globally.
However, not everyone can buy these sarees due to the high cost involved. However, now there is good news on this front as KSIC plans to bring out low price silk sarees without compromising on its quality.
Speaking to eNarada, KSIC chairperson MK Somashekar said they planned to start a soft silk unit on a plot of 20 acres near Channapatna. The project which couldn’t take off various reasons will start its production shortly. For the purpose, KSIC is importing Chinese machinery. Once the Channapatna unit begins producing sarees, the prices are likely to come down drastically. For example, it is estimated that sarees from Channapatna could be sold from Rs 4,000 onwards.
In fact, Mysore Silk is a trademark for the silk sarees produced by KSIC. The distinguishing feature of this saree is the usage of pure silk and 100 pc pure gold zari.
The silk saree factory was first started in 1912 by the Maharaja of Mysore by importing 32 looms from Switzerland. In 1980, the Mysore Silk Weaving Factory was transferred to KSIC and now has around 159 looms.
The sarees were earlier manufactured both in Mysuru and Channapatna plants. However, due to technical reasons, the Channapatna factory was closed down and currently it is being produced only at Mysuru. Every saree produced here comes with an embroidered code number and a hologram to prevent misuse.
Mysore silk sarees are also undergoing an innovating change with the use of kasuti embroidery, thickly woven pallus, bandhini techniques and new colours like lilac, coffee-brown and elephant-grey. It is said that KSIC comes out with more than 115 varieties of sarees with more than 300 shades of colours. The KSIC got the geographical registration patent certificate in 2005.