The growth of the silk industry in the Kingdom of Mysore was first initiated during the reign of Tipu Sultan. Later it was hit by a global depression, and competition from imported silk and rayon. In the second half of the 20th century, it revived and the Mysore State became the top multivoltine silk producer in India. The story, how sericulture took roots in these parts lay buried deep in history, relics sparse. What toils, earnest and selfless efforts have gone into its making? Not much is known about this. Prof Simon Charsley in his book 'Cultre and sericulture' had made pioneering efforts in delineating the cultural history of sericulture in Mysore. An excerpt from a revealing interview conducted by Simon Charsley with K.V. Achuthan Nair (DD Seric Rtd, Department of Sericulture, Karnataka) is available here.