Check Out The Different Silk Varieties!

Silk is a symbol of opulence in India. Without being draped in flamboyant silks, our momentous occasions and celebrations are incomplete. The extraordinary lustre gives the wearer a regal appearance and an air of elegance. India is not only one of the major producers of silk, but also one of the largest consumers of silk globally. Here are a few well-known silk varieties :

Mulberry Silk – It is the world’s favourite silk comprising around 90% of silk produced globally. This highest quality silk is produced by mulberry silkworm Bombyx mori. It has a natural lustre, softness, and smoothness.

Muga Silk – It is woven by the semi-domesticated silkworm, Antheraea assamensis that feeds on Assam’s Som and Sualu leaves. This silk with a yellowish-green hue is the ideal choice for weaving Chadors and Mekhalas.

Tussar Silk – It comes from the Tussar belt of central India – Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, and Bihar. Moth Genus Antheraea feeds on wild plants of forests to produce this naturally gold coloured silk.

Eri Silk – It is derieved from Samia Ricini and Philosamia ricin variety of worms. The word Eri comes from Era which means Castor in local Assamese, where this silk comes from. Eri, also known as Endi or Errandi silk is also known for its thermal properties to keep one warm.

Spider Silk –  Many species of spiders produce silk to spin their webs and wrap up their prey. Spider Silk is so strong that it’s tensile strength is comparable to high-grade alloy steel Presently, it is tedious to extract and process substantial amounts of Spider Silk.

If you drape yourself in a silk saree, you are sure to make heads turn!