Silk Industry in India

Silk Industry in India

Last Updated: August, 2015


With sericulture activities spread across 52,360 villages, the Indian silk industry is one of the largest generators of employment and foreign exchange for the country. India enjoys a unique global position in terms of production of all commercially useful varieties of silk. India is the second largest producer of silk and accounts for nearly 18% of global raw silk production. In 2014-15, Mulberry accounted for 74.7 per cent, Eri 16.3 per cent, Tasar 8.4 per cent and Muga 0.6%.of the total raw silk produced.


In 2014–15, Indian silk exports stood at US$ 449.7 million. Readymade silk garments formed the largest segment generating around 67.7 per cent of silk export earnings, while natural silk yarn, fabrics and made-ups comprised 27.8 per cent of silk export earnings. The UAE and the US are the major markets for the export of Indian silk goods.The UK, France, Italy and Germany are other major export markets. The silk products exported include natural silk yarns, fabrics, made-ups, readymade garments, silk carpets and silk waste.


The Indian Silk Promotion Council (ISEPC) has initiated programmes for growth and development of the silk industry. ISEPC organises trade shows and fairs across the world to promote trade with different countries. The Council also facilitates meetings between exporters and potential customers.

The total export of Silk and Silk product stood at US$ 369.88 million for the period April 2014-January2015.

Central Silk Board


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