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The Tussar Silks of Bhagalpur

Bhagalpur in Bihar, India, famed for its exquisite Bhagalpuri silk sarees in Tussar and Dupion Silk, has taken the world of fashion by storm.

Tussar Silk Sarees, also known as ‘Kosa’ Silk Sarees, are made from silk obtained from several species of caterpillars, of the moth genus Antheraea. Known as ‘wild silk’, a name given because the silkworms breed on trees like Sal and Arjun found in the forests of Jharkhand. The raw silk has a deep golden colour and is of good texture. Tussar Silk staples are shorter and less expensive in comparison to that of cultivated silk because of the resulting quality of the produce from these silkworms in comparison to that from cultivated types.

The woven Tussar Silk Saree has a coarse texture, is light on the body, airy and has a comfortable feel about it. Hand-woven Tussar Silk Saris are well known for their texture, zari borders and motifs and the hand crafted designs that enrich them. The use of leftover silk from woven fabrics, are also used to create designs on the main fabric and is a by-product of the need for variation in the weaves.