Mysore silk is manufactured by the Karnataka Silk Industries Corporation Limited (KSIC). The factory was founded in 1912 by Sri Nalvadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar, the Maharaja of Mysore. Originally, the silk was produced to meet the requirements of the royal family. After India gained independence from the British, the Mysore State Sericulture Dept. took control of the silk weaving factory. In 1980, the factory was handed over to KSIC, a government of Karnataka industry. An official pure Mysore silk saree will have a hologram based design and unique identification barcode woven on each Mysore Silk saree produced in the KSIC factory.
The most distinct feature of the Mysore silk saree is the use of pure silk and genuine gold zari which gives it a beautiful sheen and rich texture. The sarees have a single color with gold zari borders. This minimalistic approach has skyrocketed the popularity of these highly sought-after exclusive sarees.