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Brief History of KSIC

Mysore is rich for its Royal heritage and Grandeur and it is no surprise that the silk produced there reflect the traditional splendor through its rich yet delicate motifs.The name Mysore silk is a befitting tribute to its ancestry. Karnataka Silk Industries Corporation Limited (KSIC) the proud inheritor of this royal legacy, has treasured it for over seven decades, has been producing 100% pure silk with pure gold zari. We are in the business of manufacturing quality silk products of varied designs for end user consumption. The Products include finest of designer silk sarees, Shirts, Kurta’s, Silk Dhoti and Men’s Tie. The silk Products are manufactured in our factories located in Mysore district of Karnataka state, INDIA. The silk weaving factory in Mysore, presently owned by KSIC, was established in the year 1912 by Sri Nalvadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar, Maharaja of Mysore province. Initially the silk fabrics were manufactured & supplied to meet the requirements of the royal family and ornamental fabrics to their armed forces.

The unit was started with 10 looms and gradually increased to 138 looms over a period. The looms and preparatory machines were imported from Switzerland and was the first of its kind in India. After India gained Independence the Mysore state Sericulture Dept. took control of the silk weaving factory.

In 1980 the Silk weaving factory was handed over to Karnataka Silk Industries Corporation Ltd., a Govt. of Karnataka enterprise and is popularly known as KSIC. What makes Mysore Silk different from other silk fabrics available in India? It is made of the finest quality of natural silk yarn obtained from cocoons reared in the old Mysore areas of Karnataka. This gives it an extra ordinary lustre, more so, a geographical flavour to the fabric. The texture of Silk Sarees is made out of 26-28 denier with high speed twist.

KSIC is the only organization in the country commanding the entire gamut of silk production right from reeling of cocoons to the weaving of pure silk fabric of various shades and designs, all under one roof. KSIC uses only high quality pure natural silk and 100% pure gold zari. The zari will never tarnish and looks fresh even over a long period of usage. To assure authenticity, KSIC Mysore Silk stamps a unique code number and hologram as identification marks on each of its zari sarees.

Having gained widespread popularity for its unmatched standard of authentic Silk manufacturing process, KSIC has obtained Geographical Indication Registration (GI -11) for ‘Mysore Silk’ in accordance with the provisions of the Geographical Indication of Goods (Registration and Protection Act) 1999 passed by the Indian Parliament. As per this registration, KSIC has become the sole proprietor for ‘Mysore Silk’. The Company has been certified for standards of ISO 9001-2015 and EMS 14001-2015 and also obtained OSHAS 18001-2007 Certificate Combined Integrated Management System by M/s. TUV Rheinland.

The KSIC- Silk Weaving Factory, at Mysore has completed 100 Years during 2012 and it is the first Govt. Industry in Karnataka to celebrate Centenary Year. KSIC is also proud to inform that it has been awarded the Chief Ministers Ratna Award by Govt. of Karnataka for 2016-17 for best Marketing of its products.