Ramanagara known as ‘Silk Town’ is located in the Indian state of Karnataka. The people in this area depends largely on sericulture for their livelihood, the town owns Asia’s the largest silk cocoon market. Ramanagara has got its fame after the shooting of the Hindi film ‘Sholay’ at Ramadevarabetta, and later started be called as Sholay hills. The silk produced in this area forms the input for the famous silk sarees manufactured at Kanchipuram, Mysore, Pochampally etc.
One can easily make out that the people in the area largely depends on sericulture by just walking around the town, as there are plenty of small and large silk weaving units in the region. Some units use the traditional manually controlled machines while the others use latest automated machines. And the silk weaving process in these units is a cyclic process. First the silk cocoons are soaked in the boiling water and then it is carried to next stage, where it is weaved into the yarns and finally weaved yarns are put around a roll to spin with hot red charcoals underneath.