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WHAT IS SERICULTURE ?
Sericulture is an agro-based industry.
It involves rearing of silkworms for
the production of raw silk,
It is the yarn obtained out of
cocoons spun by certain species of
The major activities of sericulture
comprises of food-plant cultivation
to feed the silkworms which spin silk
cocoons and reeling the cocoons for
unwinding the silk filament for value
added benefits such as processing
WHAT IS SILK ?
Silk is made of proteins secreted in
the fluid state by a caterpillar,
popularly known as 'silkworm'.
These silkworms feed on the
selected food plants and spin
cocoons as a 'protective shell' to
perpetuate the life.
Silkworm has four stages in its life
cycle viz., egg, caterpillar, pupa and
Man interferes this life cycle at the
cocoon stage to obtain the silk, a
continuous filament of commercial
importance, used in weaving of the
DIFFERENT TYPES OF SILK
There are five major types of silk obtained from different species of silkworms.