India International Silk Fair 2018 held in New Delhi
The 6th edition of India International Silk Fair (IISF) was held at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. It was inaugurated by Union Minister of Textiles Smriti Irani. The three day event was organised by Indian Silk Export Promotion Council (ISEPC). Over 108 exhibitors of silk and blended silk products manufactured in different parts of the country displayed their produce during this event. Over 218 buyers from various countries also participated in the fair.
India is the 2nd largest producer of silk in the world after China. The silk industry is agriculture based and labour intensive and provides gainful employment to around 8 million artisans and weavers in rural areas. In India, four varieties of silk are produced, viz. Mulberry, Eri, Tasar and Muga. About 80% of silk produced is of mulberry silk, majority of which is produced in three southern States of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. About 97% of raw silk in India is produced in five Indian states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Jammu and Kashmir.