Smriti Irani, Textiles Minister of India, held the 8th India International Silk Fair on the virtual portal.
♦ This fair is the largest silk fair in India.
♦ The fair is held under a roof of the virtual platform of the Indian Silk Export Promotion Council.
♦ The Expo lasts for five days.
♦ More than 200 overseas buyers have registered.
♦ In addition, about 200 Indian overseas representatives will interact with more than 100 well-known and large Indian companies engaged in the production and trade of silk and silk blended products.
Silk in India
Silk is a luxury item in India. Approximately 97% of raw mulberry silk is native to five states, namely Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Gujarat. Mysore and North Bangalore will also be home to a Silk City costing US$20 million. In Tamil Nadu, mulberry silk cultivation is concentrated in Salem, Erode and Dhamapuri regions. Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, and Gobichettipalayam in Tamil Nadu are the first locations to build automatic silk reeling units. India is the second largest silk producer after China. India is also the world’s largest silk consumer. India is also the only country in the world that produces all four major silk varieties-Mulberry, Eri, Tassar and Muga.