Memorandum on Silk in India

Memorandum on Silk in India

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1883 edition. Excerpt: ...of raw silk were obtained which helped the industry were Kokand, Bokhara, Balkh, Khulm, Akcha, Shiberghaum, Andkho, Kashmir, Bengal, and China vid Bombay. Amritsar was the chief entrepdt whence the supplies were distributed to all parts of the Punjab. Previous failures at silk production, however, did not discourage either the Government officials or private gentlemen. Besides the attempts summarised by Mr. Geoghegan, the following may be noted: --In the Gujranwala district, silk culture was undertaken by Lieutenant Powlet, Assistant Commissioner, in 1862: 1 seer of eggs yielded 8 seers of excellent silk, of which 7 seers, sent to Amritsar, realised Rs. 110. Mulberry trees, however, were scarce, and as great inconvenience had been felt in consequence, three plantations were made with cuttings from Amritsar and Kashmir, one around the sessions house, one at Loheonwala, and the third at Theri. In 1865 afresh trial in rearing worms was made: 10 tolas of eggs were obtained from Peshawar for lis. 3-4; these produced cocoons in June, and 2 seers of silk obtained therefrom were sold at Amritsar for lis. 25. Lieutenant Powlet, however, left the district, and the trials were apparently abandoned. On enquiry it was reported in 1873 that the second of the three plantations of mulberry was still in existence, but that the other two had either been destroyed or ploughed up. In the Kangra district a trial was begun in 1865 by Mr. J. Montgomery with a few eggs. The result pointed to the fact that the worm would not thrive on leaves of the indigenous mulberry. A few plants of the Chinese and Philippine varieties of the tree were then procured from Lahore, and as soon as the first plants could yield a plucking of leaves, Mr. Montgomery tried a more

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  • United States
  • English
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