8 Countries that Produce the Most Silk in the World

The main silk-producing countries include China, India, Uzbekistan, Brazil and Japan. Korea, Thailand, Vietnam and Iran are also major silk producers, and the global production of silk occurs in more than 60 countries. Silk fabric was first developed in ancient China and later spread around the world via the 'Silk Road' and became popular among super-rich or high society. Nowadays silk is an affordable luxury for the middle class in Europe and the USA, and continues to hold its own in Asia as traditional ceremonial wear. Insidermonkey experts made a list of 8 countries that produce the most silk in the world.

Even though silk has a small percentage of the global textile market - less than 0.2%- its production base is spread over 60 countries in the world. While the major producers are in Asia, sericulture industries have been lately established in Brazil, Bulgaria, Egypt and Madagascar as well. Sericulture is labor-intensive. About 1 million workers are employed in the silk sector in China. You can also check our list of 8 countries that produce the most soybeans in the world.

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