Mysore silk sarees are manufactured in the city of Mysore in Karnataka. The manufacturing facility for Mysore silks was originally set up by the Maharaja of Mysore with looms imported from Switzerland in 1912. In 1980, the manufacturing facility was handed over to the Karnataka Silk Industries Corporation Ltd. (KSIC). It is a government of Karnataka enterprise. The distinguishing feature of this saris is the usage of pure silk and 100% pure gold zari. KSIC Mysore Silk saris are very popular for their soft, smooth feel and lustrous texture. The Mysore silk saree or salwar kameez can be worn through the year, whether it is summer or winter. KSIC Mysore Silk saree look very elegant.
The products include; Silk sarees, Fabric for salwar kameez, Shirts, Kurtas, Silk dhotis and ties.
The silk products are manufactured in the factories located in Mysore and in Narasipura. KSIC manufactures silk fabrics from raw silk yarn. Raw mulberry silk is produced in five Indian states, of which Karnataka is one. Mysore silk is hence, very popular in the state. It is a very light and soft fabric as compared to the heavy Kanjivaram silk fabric. Furthermore Mysore silk sarees come in traditional designs and colors. Dark blue, dark green, maroon, pink, violet and mustard yellow are some of the noteworthy colors for Mysore Silk sarees. They also have a contrast color border with zari work. While some of the zari is pure gold zari, some others could have tested zari as well.
As a result, the price of the Mysore silk saree would depend on the quality of the zari that is used in the saree.
Finally due to great demand for Mysore silk fabric, they are available as salwar kameez fabrics as well. There are also some dupattas and ties that are made with this fabric.
Hence, Bangalore shopping is incomplete without a visit to KSIC.