The cultural capital of Karnataka, Mysore or Mysuru as it is called today, along with being a city of palaces, temples and colonial buildings is the ultimate destination for country’s finest silk sarees in myriad colors and rich texture with 100% pure zari borders. A saree that takes a place of pride in every Indian woman’s wardrobe, Mysore silk saree known for its silkenluster stands out for its unique weave, smooth texture and minimalist design. Manufactured exclusively by the Karnataka Silk Industries Corporation (KSIC), these lovely saris are produced at the country’s oldest silk manufacturing unit, the Mysore Silk Weaving Factory at Mysore in Karnataka that was established a century ago in 1912 by the then Maharaja of Mysore.
Manufacturing this multi-hued sarees in pure silk and gold zari, legend has it that impressed by the machine made silk fabric used by the British royalty on his visit to Britain to attend Queen Victoria’s jubilee celebrations, Maharaja Krishna Raja Wadiyar IV was inspired to import 32 power-looms from Switzerland to begin the production of what was the earliest known machine made silk sarees in India.
Though the beginning of production of Mysore Silk sarees back dates to 1912 AD, its origins can be traced back to 1785 AD, in the times of the great warrior and the ruler of Mysore, Tipu Sultan. A visionary with a vision of making Mysore a leading city in the country for producing quality silk, in 1785AD, he imported silk cocoons from China, the leading country in manufacturing of silk then. Even today, Mysore silk yarns stand out in quality compared to various other silk yarns found in the country.
To keep the tradition of Mysore silk sarees alive, the royal scion Srikanta Datta Narasimharaja Wodiyar had taken up the promotion of this elegant fabric under the brand name that goes by the name-Royal Silk of Mysore. Designing this fabric himself, the sarees under his brand are show cased inside the Royal Palace complex and they for sure impress one and all with their luxuriant fabric, rich colors and exquisite designs.
What Makes Mysore Silk Sarees Special?
Luxuriant, uniquely minimalistic and elegant, Mysore silk sarees are made from 100% pure mulberry silk. These sarees have plain single colour base silk fabric that is magically blended with a narrow gold lace border made of 100% pure zari, on both ends. Each saree of 5.5 metres ends with a large pallu with exquisite design in zari and a blouse piece material. There are over 300 different colors in these silk sarees that are either printed or dyed and there are about 115 design combinations!
The quality of Mysore Silk sarees is par excellence. It is said that if well maintained, these sarees do not dull out or fade away in years, on the contrary, they appear brand new even after decades. It is no wonder then that today Mysore silk sarees are a brand in itself, attracting connoisseurs from not just across the nation but from all over the globe.
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