15 October 2010- Assam, one of the seven north east states
of India, is famous for its gold-tinted
which is used to
weave some of the most beautiful and unique sarees. Muga silk is considered
to be the most expensive of all silks and is known for its natural
shimmering golden color. Its production is confined only to Assam, and is
produced by the muga silkworms (Antheraea assama). Muga is intrinsically
woven into the cultural traditions of the Assamese people and has found its
acceptance in other parts of the country as well.
mekhala-chaddars and sarees are the traditional items made from muga silk.
In recent years, fashion designers have started using muga silk for
developing wide range of fashion garments, besides the traditional sarees.
Use of muga yarn as a substitute for 'zari' in sarees is finding its
popularity with reputed weavers. The muga silk saree has an unique golden
color, a natural shade of gold, which is not found in any other fabrics. The
muga silk saree has a glossy look as well. With the base color remaining
golden, the muga sarees are wonderfully designed using various colorful
threads. Besides the look and the unique color and designs, these sarees
also last for a long time as muga silk is supposed to be the most durable
silks. They can be hand washed and with each wash the shine or luster of the
fabric increases. Today, the Muga silks sarees are also been exported abroad
and has found its acceptance worldwide. Check out the exotic range of Assam
golden Muga silk sarees below:
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