Collection: Tussar Silk Sarees

Tussar silk is made from silkworms that feed on the leaves of trees like Jamun and Oak and of the species Terminalia in South Asia. The silk is extracted from coccons left behind by the silkworm after it becomes a moth. The filaments extracted are short in length and as a result, woven tussar silk has a knotty, coarse texture. India is the second largest producer of Tussar Silk in the world, with main contribution from the state of Jharkhand where over 25000 weavers are involved in this century old trade in Tussar Silk. Tussar Silk is light in weight, has a typical coarse texture with a luxurious touch and has a natural golden hue. The thermal property of tussar silk is that it keeps the user warm in winter and cool in summer, and is hence an ideal fabric for Indian climes. It is a popular fabric for handwoven sarees and dress material and has been adapted by many fashion designers for their creations. Unlike mulberry silk, Tussar silk is more textured with a short filament length leading to a shorter life of fabric compared to mulberry silk. Tussar Silks takes on colour with better saturation due to the coarse texture of the silk. Tussar silk can be verified for authenticity easily by the burn test. When a filament of tussar silk burns, it releases the smell of burnt human hair, and the residue is brittle and collapses on touch. It is recommended to only dry clean tussar silk, and to avoid storing in plastic bags. It should be layered with muslin or stored in a muslin bag after ironing. Here is a collection of Handwoven Tussar Kantha silk saris, Tussar Kalamkari Silk Saris and simple pure Tussar silks

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