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15 Silky Facts I bet you didn’t know about! #AtoZChallenge 2017

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This is the third year I’m participating in the #A to Z Challenge.  My theme has been  Traditions in Indian Textiles.

Today I’m going to share some interesting facts about Silk that I bet you didn’t know about.

Silk is a luxury fabric that has played an important part in our Indian textile tradition. After all,  without silk there wouldn’t be any of the gorgeous saris that we like to drape ourselves in! Silk is elegant and flowy.  It is strong and yet it is soft. It is versatile and can be printed, tied and dyed and embroidered with silver and gold. Silk keeps you warm in winter and cool in summer.


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Silky facts

Did you know that :

  1. India is the second largest producer of Silk in the world.
  2. Silk production is an agro-based industry and silkworms feed on mulberry bushes.
  3. India manufactures 18% of the world’s silk .
  4. The silk industry in India employs 7.9 million people in 52,360 villages  and is a major foreign exchange earner.
  5. Karnataka manufactures 70% of India’s silk .
  6. There are 4 varieties of Indian silk : Mulberry, Eri, Tussar and Muga.
  7. 80% of the silk produced in India is mulberry silk.
  8. Tussar silk , also known as Wild Silk is produced in Central India.
  9. India is the only country that produces Tussar Silk .
  10. Kosa Silk is a variety of Tussar silk.
  11. Eri silk is from Assam and the adjacent North Eastern states.
  12. Muga silk  comes from Assam.
  13. Silk, though fragile looking is as strong as a metal wire.
  14. For 1 kg of silk you need  about 10 kg of cocoons.
  15. Ahimsa silk is a silk manufactured without killing the silk worm.

Now that’s something to think about the next time you see a silk scarf or tie! Isn’t it? 

Thank God it’s Saturday and yet another week of the  #A to Z Challenge is over! I can’t say it wasn’t fun but all in all I am a bit disappointed. After all the trouble I take in visiting blogs, sharing them and commenting, I find that my blog traffic has increased just marginally. Boo-hoo.

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Join me and hundreds of other bloggers participating in the #AtoZ Challenge 2017. Also linking this to #UltimateBlogChallenge #blogboost, #Blogchatter.

Have a great Sunday.

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A granny who always sees the humour in life and tries to do things differently. When others make cupcakes, this granny makes banana fritters. When she’s not busy chasing her grandchildren who love making her run around, she indulges in her passions of reading, writing, meeting friends and watching movies. And somewhere between all this she enjoys travelling and cooking!

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21 Responses

  1. These are some really neat facts about Silk that I was quite unaware of! On a recent trip to Bangalore I saw a contraption on the road which the driver informed me was to extract the silk without killing the cocoon! Whoa!!! I had thought at that time too!!!
    On another note, This is my first #atoz and I honestly cant say if the trafffic is increased or what but I am loving the attention my blog is getting from everywhere. The comments are just pouring in and it seems people are really reciprocating well!!
    I have been trying to read 40-50 blogs daily (some days not even 1) and I feel thats helped quite a bit in generating views and hits.
    Dont despair and just keep at it; you never know whats round the corner!!! 🙂

    A gorgeous Summer Palace in Bangalore
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  2. I tried to take up the challenge and see how many I knew – Just 2,8,12 and 15 (15 was because of your earlier post!)
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  3. Amrita says:

    What an amazing silky post.Loved all the details about silk.

  4. You are so right. No matter how much I love silk, I didn’t know most of the facts?.

  5. LadyInRead says:

    love silk in its many forms.. did not know about ahimsa silk..
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  6. I love to wear silk and was not aware of these facts.
    Don’t worry about the increase in blog traffic, it sometimes takes awhile. In the meantime, I’m learnig so much!

  7. Rajlakshmi says:

    18% of world silk, wow I didn’t know we were producing that much. But given the love for silk in most cultures in India, I guess that’s understandable.
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  8. Eva says:

    I didn’t know most of these facts either, so thank you for sharing.
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  9. I love silk…why wouldn’t I? I belong to Karnataka and we wear silk for every occasion!! Loved the facts!
    The only thing that makes me sad is the number of silkworms that have to die to give us one silk saree.. 🙁

    Shubhangi @ The Little Princess
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  10. Shilpa Garg says:

    This made for a fascinating and an informative read. Thanks for sharing some amazing facts about silk which were unknown to me!
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  11. Tina Basu says:

    Because of your wonderful posts on Sarees we now are all Silk-geeks and saree-geeks. I am very tempted to wear a saree very soon, i am hunting for an occasion.
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  12. Those are some fun facts! Although I always thought there were many more types of silk than just four!
    Fabida Abdulla recently posted…U is for Uncle SilasMy Profile

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