Silk Industry in India

Silk Industry in India

Last Updated: March, 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 producing all the commercially useful varieties of silk.


The states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Jammu & Kashmir were the major producers of mulberry silk in India during 2012-13. In the same year, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Odisha and the North-eastern states produced non-mulberry or wild silks.

Furthermore, the silk production in the country increased to 26,480 million tonnes (MT) by end of 2013-14 from the level of 23,679 MTs during the year 2012-13.

In India, the silk industry generates employment for approximately 7.6 million people which includes farmers and small households.

Key Markets and Export Destinations

  • In the period of April-November 2014-15, the total earnings from silk and silk-goods exports stood at US$ 1,832.07 million, compared to US$ 1,505.91 million in the corresponding period of 2013-14.
  • The readymade garments of silk formed the largest segment, generating around 58 per cent of the export earnings from silk, while natural silk yarn, fabrics and made-ups accounted for around 38 per cent of the silk export earnings.
  • The US and the UAE are the major export destinations for Indian silk goods, generating combined earnings of around US$ 127.56 million in 2013-14. The UK, France, Italy, Germany and China are the other major export destinations. The segments that are exported in the silk sector include natural silk yarns, fabrics, made-ups, readymade garments, silk carpets and silk waste.

Indian Silk Export Promotion Council

The Indian Silk Export Promotion Council (ISEPC) has initiated programmes for the 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


Other Export Promotion Councils:

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