Tussar Silk|Warli Art
Tussar silk sarees
Tussar silk also known as ‘wild silk’ is obtained from several species of caterpillars, of the moth genus Antheraea. The name ‘wild silk’ is given because the silkworms breed on trees like Sal and Arjun found in the forests of Jharkhand, Chattisgarh. The raw silk is deep golden in color, the staples shorter than the length of conventional silk and is less expensive because of the resulting quality of the produce from these silkworms in comparison to that from cultivated types.
Tribals in Jharkhand, for whom sericulture accounts as a major source of livelihood, and weavers of Bhagalpur, are skilled weavers of hand-woven Tussar Silk Sarees. Hand spun and coloured with vegetable dyes, the Tussar sarees they produce are eco-friendly. There is a special variety that is referred to as the ’non-violent’ or ‘Ahimsa’ type.
Hand spun and coloured with vegetable dyes, Tussar Silk Sarees are fabrics used with most traditional varieties for the reason that they are workable weaves that come out fine, there is affinity to most colours be it organic or man-made, the adornments on the fine weaves accentuate the look of the saree very much.
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.
Bhagalpur in Bihar, India, famed for its exquisite Bhagalpuri silk sarees in Tussar and Dupion Silk, has taken the world of fashion by storm.