The state of Madhya Pradesh is also famous for Tussar silk sarees. Tussar
silk, also known as kosa silk, is known for its texture, high quality and
purity. Tussar sarees woven out this kosa silk, has been coveted and sought
by almost all women in India and abroad. Kosa silk is derived from the
cocoons of the Saja, Sal and Arjun trees. The Tussar silk sarees in their
wide variety of colors and prints have been a favourite choice for formal
Colors of Tussar Silk Sarees
Tussar silk is a special variety of
silk, as the cocoons are raised on Arjun and Sal trees. They come in a range
of colors like in shades of gold-pale, honey, tawny, dark, beige, creamy,
etc. Some coomon colors found in the tussar or kosa sarees are light green,
deep blue, black, deep purple, purple, deep rose red, maroon, bright red,
orange, yellow, pink, mauve pink, turquoise, etc. Tussar sarees are
considered auspicious for special occasionas like marriages, religious
functions. In such occasions, Indian women prefer to wear the original rich
gold shade Tussar saree. Originally only natural dyes were used like as
palaas flame of the forest to give the yellow color, the rich red pollen
dust of the Rora Flower, the Kusum Flower, or the deep rose red from Lac.
But with time the colour range, motifs and prints have changed.
Tussar Silk Saree/Kosa Silk Saree
Tussar Silk Sarees Designs and Styles
The motifs and the patterns
continuously refer to nature and daily life and they are carefully chosen to
enhance the beauty of gorgeous Tussar silk sari. The traditional
block-printed tussar sarees are very unique and very ethnic. Some poplular
motifs in Tussar sarees are Chicholi Phool, Crown Phool, Phulia, Rui Phool,
Chitpat, Kangoora, Karan Phool, Mandir, Ghungroo, Sankari, Janjeer, Motim
Chowk Choor, Singhaulia, Chowkda, Bhaonrai, Chatai, Karvat, etc. These
motifs have been coined by the weavers themselves and using the gorgeous
natural silk, the motifs are beautifully crafted or woven on these saris.
The Tussar Saree looks simply goregeous because of its rich texture and
vibrant hues. Apart from the saree itself, the kosa silk is also used to
make other dresses.
The Tussar sarees radiate a natural brilliance due to the fibre used. In
some Tussar silk sarees, brocade work is done with Zari to give them an
ornate look. In some, the pallus and borders of the sari is woven with
thread, coloured in the Ikat style to give a designer touch.
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