Year published :2018

Pages :254

Size :16.5 x 23.5 cm., paperback

Rights :Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam

ISBN: 9789385063077

South Asian Ways of Silk: A Patchwork of Biology, Manufacture, Culture and History

by NIAS Press

Published by BOOKBELL in 2015, now distributed worldwide by NIAS Press.

By Ole Zethner, Rie Koustrup, Aminuzzaman Md. Saleh Reza,
Dilip K. Subba, Dilip Barooah, Neera Barooah, Moe Moe Win,
Sundar Tiwari, Yubak Dhoj, Ghulam Ali Bajwa,
Rizwana Ali Bajwa, 
and Daya Ahangama

South Asian Ways of Silk: A Patchwork of Biology, Manufacture, Culture and History is the first book of its kind covering Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The authors describe and analyze conditions necessary for success of sericulture and silk production in the region.

The book includes:

  • the historical and cultural role of mulberry silk
  • sericulture, a woman agricultural handicraft
  • artistic weaving and embroidery
  • modernizing traditional art and craft
  • silks as environmentally sound textiles
  • education of a new generation
  • sericulture and silk production as jack-ups for social progress
  • promotion of Eri and growth and production of wild silks

It is our hope that the book will give silk people in South Asia better chances to cooperate, share their knowledge and benefit from sericulture and silk production.


  • Discusses silk moths, their cocoons, and different types of silk.
  • Details the silk manufacturing process from reeling cocoons to embroidery practices in various countries.
  • Presents the history and present status of sericulture, silk production, and silk trade in South Asia and beyond.
  • Collects ethnographic data on workers in the silk industry.


silk production | sericulture | silk textiles | silk weaving | silk roads | silk varieties | South Asia

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