Mysore Silk Sarees are very famous not only in India but also world wide for its unique nature and form. Mysore Silk sarees are example for the rich tradition of South Indian especially Karnataka. South India has verity of old traditional sarees and pure silk sarees, in that Mysore Silk sarees are in the top of the list, due to its vibrant colors and rich feel.
Mysore Silk sarees are considered as one of the purest forms of silk. The shimmering and shining effect of Mysore Silk Sarees attracts the customers from worldwide. Now the Mysore Silk Sarees are enriched with new styles to tempt the fabric lovers. Some new features of Indian textile designing like the famous Bandhini Styles and Kasuti Embroidery are being introduced into the manufacturing of Mysore Silk Sarees.
Mysore Silk is a trademark for the silk sarees produced by KSIC (Karnataka Silk Industries Corporation). The distinguishing feature of this saree is the usage of pure silk and 100% pure gold zari (a golden coloured thread containing 65% of silver and 0.65% of gold).
HISTORY OF MYSORE SILK SAREE
Mysore silk sarees are manufactured in a silk factory located in Mysore city. This factory was started in the year 1912 by the Maharaja of Mysore by importing 32 looms from Switzerland. Initially the silk fabrics were manufactured & supplied to meet the requirements of the royal family and ornamental fabrics to their armed forces. In 1980, this factory was transferred to KSIC.
Though the origins of the Mysore Silk Factory date back to 1912, organised production of fabric started only in 1932, after a small quantity of raw silk was tested in Switzerland for quality. Looms installed in the factory were also imported from Switzerland, and most of them have survived to this day.
In 1980, after it was handed over to the KSIC, the whole factory was modernised. The KSIC ensures that the raw silk goes through a complex production process, to meet the high quality standards expected of Mysore silk.
The KSIC has about 115 designs and 300 colour shades in its repertoire, with traditional designs occupying the pride of place. The KSIC’s new zari patterns and colours, `kasuti’ embroidery embellishments on saris and rich, thickly woven pallus have all added to the aristocratic look of the fabric. Having been certified as an ISO 9001-2000 company, the KSIC launched in November 2004 a set of new designs developed by Ila Dhulipala, who trained at the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT). It has also inked a tie-up with NIFT, Bangalore, for the design and development of saris, salwar suits, stoles, and more.
MYSORE SILK FABRIC
Mysore silk is one of the most popular and finest and purest forms of silk. Mysore silk is a famous variety of silk made in Mysore and Bangalore in Karnataka. Known for its extraordinary quality and permanence of luster, it is an integral part of the Karnataka’s culture. In this region, people always wear some kind of silk while participating in a ritual. Mysore silk draws its fame from the purity of the silk, its lustre, softness and richness of its natural colour which gave it precedence over all other silks.
The weight and the content of gold or silver thread used mainly in the intricate border and the pallau or the headpiece determine the price of the sarees. A saree usually weighs between 400 and 600 grams (15-21 ounces). The silk is dyed using natural pigments and woven into intricate but, subtle patterns featuring motfis of birds or fruits. The painstaking production process by the weavers ensures that every aspect of the saree is perfect.
• Mysore silk saree with its extraordinary sheen of the fabric, purity of the zari, the distinctive drape, a wonderful non-crush quality, and a butter-soft feel gives a elegant look to anyone who wears it.
• These classy sarees are not only washable, but also durable. The zari too rarely fades because the yarn used has the maximum gold and silver compared to any silk saree in the country.
• The intricate zari work on the borders and pallu set them apart. Mysore silk saree is undergoing a makeover with new kasuti embroidery, bandhini designs, rich woven pallus, and with a palette of exciting vibrant colors lilac, ecru, coffee-brown and elephant-grey, and contemporary designs, all inspired by traditional Indian architecture and ancient Indian jewellery.
This saree exhibiting a range of rich colors, with golden threads interwoven in it for an enhanced effect, has almost acquired a legendary status due to its sheer beauty and demand.