Exports of silk and silk products from India reached US$ 255.93 million in 2017-18 and US$ 123.05 million between Apr-Sep 2018.
With sericulture activities spread across 52,360 villages, the Indian silk industry is one of the largest generators of employment and foreign exchange for the country. India enjoys a unique global position in terms of production of all commercially useful varieties of silk. India is the second largest producer of silk. Sericulture provided employment to over 8.6 million people in India during 20 18.
Export of Silk
The silk products exported include natural silk yarns, fabrics, made-ups, readymade garments, silk carpets and silk waste.
Readymade Garments of silk formed the largest share in exports between Apr-Sep 2018 at US$ 81.63 million, followed by fabrics and made-ups at US$ 27.34 million and silk waste at US$ 10.70 million.
In FY 2017-18 top five importers of silk carpet were US (US$ 1.40 million), UAE (US$ 0.95 million), Belgium (US$ 0.13 million), Germany (US$ 0.04 million) and Italy (US$ 0.03 million).
Exports of silk waste stood at US$ 15.69 million in 2018.