ASSAM: Land of “cocoon rearers”
MUGA: It has been said that Assam waves golden threads especially this silk is one remarkable sight to behold. The muga silk culture been a tradition since the beginning of ancient times in Assam and now it surfaces as trend in the Fashion world. Ahom kings and queens were highly involved in production of Muga silk and they kept many costly muga sets in the royal storehouse for presentation to distinguish visitors to their kingdom. It is known as the Royal indian king of silk. During the Ahom Reign only the members of the royal families and nobles were allowed to wear attires made of muga.
Muga’s connoisseur value lies in the fact that nowhere else can the silkworm be reared. The caterpillar needs the worm and moist climate of the jungles of the north east region to flourish. It is only harvested in Assam twice a year. It is a gift to mother Assam and a symbol of assamese heritage
FEATURES OF THE FABRIC
- This silk is the most amazing Natural Gold Silk Yarn.
- This is Organic Silk. It does not contain pesticide or chemical. Elegant gold color gives the yarn exquisite and rich look
- The fabric gets stronger with every wash and the natural golden luster increases with age!
- Very often Muga silk outlives its owner and yet retain the luminous gold colour.
- It is antibacterial
- By far the most distinctive quality of muga is that it can absorb approximately 85.08% of harmful UV rays of the sun exposure of which may lead to skin cancer.
PAAT SILK: The mulberry silk occupies an important place in Assam’s sericulture. This is the most popular and widely used silk for making attires. This silk worm culture is practised on a larger scale than compared to muga. Brilliant white or off-white coloured silk thread is derived and is mostly used for its bright glossy texture. Countries such as China, Japan and Korea also cultivates mulberry silkworms for similar kind of silk production. This silk is given different names in different regions.
THE VEGAN SILK aka ERI: Sustainable fashion is part of a growing design philosophy that we must always take into consideration.Eri is derived from silkworm feeding on castor leaves aka “era” paat. Famously known as the vegan silk because of its non-violent practice of extracting silk. Before the silk can be spun, the moth has to leave the cocoon. The empty cocoons are washed, boiled and dried and are ready for spinning. The final result that is produced is fine white soft silk thread that have wool or cotton like appearance.
FEATURES OF THE FABRIC
“dair pani, erir kani” - old assamese proverb
(while curd cools, endi cloth warms up a person) In the summer, it provides a cooling effect, whereas on colder days it provides warmth and a feeling of coziness.