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R & D Institutes of Central Silk Board in India

CSTRI is the only research institute in the country dedicated to the Research & Developmental activities related to silk technology. CSTRI was established in the year 1983 by the Central Silk Board, Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India. Till then, silk technology had only the status of a division in the sericultural research institutes in the country. Appreciating the need for a greater thrust on the demand side of the silk industry, the establishment of CSTRI was the first step in the right direction. Today, CSTRI is recognised as one of the Textile Research Associations in the country by the Government of India.

  • Central Sericultural Research & Training Institute, Mysore, Karnataka
  • Central Sericultural Research & Training Institute, Berhampore,
  • West Bengal Central Sericultural Research & Training Institute, Pampore, J & K
  • Central Silk Technological Research Institute, Bangalore, Karnataka
  • Central Tussar Research & Training Institute, Ranchi, Jarkhand
  • Central Muga Eri Research & Training Institute, Ladoigarh, Jorhat,
  • Assam Silkworm Seed Technological Laboratory, Kodathi, Bangalore, Karnataka

The Mandate:

  • Quality improvement
  • Productivity improvement
  • Services to the industry
  • Enterprise development
  • Market information dissemination.

Instructions to Care for Handloom Sarees

It is recommended to dry clean your Kota Doria cotton sarees too for the first couple of times. Then, you can wash them at home manually. Organza, silk, faux silk, zari, georgette, chiffon, and chanderis go to a dry cleaner without a second thought. As long as tissue sarees and Banarasi zari sarees are concerned, it is advised that you don’t take a second chance and ask if the dry cleaner has special karigars to handle the cleaning of the precious sarees. Routine dry cleaning can turn the zari black and crinkle it at places, ruining it all. And always fold them inside out.

Draping a saree can be a bit time consuming and difficult if you are new to it. However, their care doesn’t have to be. The kora and organza silk saree tend to crinkle at the folds. So, store them in the flat stack under the heavy sarees. Keep refolding them when you get a chance to avoid tears along the folds. This will also inspire you to wear them once a while and spot the damage early if any.

Direct sunlight is harmful to your routine clothes and you can very well imagine the damage it can do to your precious six-yarders. If you are washing the sarees at home, steer clear of direct sunlight and dry them flat in shade. Naphthalene balls may seem like a wonderful idea to protect your sarees from moth and increase their life span but it is definitely not. These can leave a stain on the zari and brocade of your silk saree, defeating the entire purpose. Instead, the use of neem leaves wrapped in muslin cloth is recommended. Neem keeps your wardrobe fragrant and is a natural preservative.

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