Raw Silk Production

Based on a comparison of 26 countries in 2014, China ranked the highest in raw silk production with 126,000 tonnes followed by India and Vietnam. On the other end of the scale was France with 0.000 tonnes, Taiwan with 1.00 tonnes and South Korea with 3.00 tonnes.

Total raw silk production reached 167,006 tonnes in 2014 in the World according to Faostat. This is 0.543 % less than in the previous year and 12.6 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, total raw silk production reached an all time high of 168,511 tonnes in 2012 and an all time low of 32,503 tonnes in 1961. The average annual growth amounted to 3.14 % since 1961.

The top ranked country, China, accounted for 75.4 % of raw silk production in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 93.7 % share while the ten largest countries some 100 % in 2014.

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Countries Unit 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Afghanistan tonnes                                                         50.0 50.0 50.0 50.0 50.0    
Brazil tonnes                                                         1,000 800 600 500 400    
Bulgaria tonnes                                                         5.00 5.00 5.00 5.00 5.00    
Cambodia tonnes                                                         25.0 30.0 28.0 29.0 30.0    
China tonnes                                                         126,000 126,000 126,000 126,000 126,000    
Dem. People's Republic of Korea tonnes                                                         350 400 400 400 400    
Egypt tonnes                                                         5.00 5.00 6.00 6.00 7.00    
European Union tonnes                                                         2,137 2,137 2,137 2,137 2,137    
France tonnes ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...     0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000   ...
Greece tonnes                                                         5.00 5.00 5.00 5.00 5.00    
India tonnes                                                         18,320 18,370 19,690 20,410 23,060    
Indonesia tonnes ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...                                         120 120 120 120 120    
Iran tonnes                                                         900 900 900 900 900    
Italy tonnes                                                         12.0 12.0 12.0 12.0 12.0    
Japan tonnes                                                         120 150 130 280 250    
Kyrgyzstan tonnes ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...                                 50.0 50.0 50.0 50.0 50.0    
Lebanon tonnes                                                         10.0 10.0 10.0 10.0 10.0    
Poland tonnes                         ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...
Romania tonnes                                                         2,100 2,100 2,100 2,100 2,100    
South Korea tonnes                                                         3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00    
Spain tonnes                                                         15.0 15.0 15.0 15.0 15.0    
Taiwan tonnes                                                         1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00    
Tajikistan tonnes ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...                                 200 200 200 200 200    
Thailand tonnes                                                         1,600 1,600 1,600 1,600 1,600    
Turkey tonnes                                                         50.0 50.0 50.0 50.0 50.0    
Turkmenistan tonnes ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...                                 4,500 4,500 4,500 4,500 4,500    
Uzbekistan tonnes ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...                                 1,200 1,200 1,200 1,200 1,200    
Vietnam tonnes                                                         7,746 7,367 7,107 7,057 7,517    
World tonnes                                                         164,385 163,941 164,779 165,500 168,511