In Assam, no marriage and festival is possible without silk. It is an intrinsic part of the culture of the people of this land.
types of silk found in Assam
Pat Silk of Assam is the most valuable and costliest silk in Assam. It occupies a major share in the silk industry of Assam. The pat silk is generally white in color. The white color ranges from brilliant white to off white.
Muga silk is specific to Assam and an integral part of the tradition and culture of Assam. This silk is golden yellow in color with fine texture, lustre and durability. This silk usually used to make saris, mekhla and chadors.
Eri Silk is also known as Ahimsa(Ahinsa) silk or fabric of peace. The cocoon of this type of silk is open mouthed. Because, the silkworm leaves the cocoon by itself.
Tasar silk in Assam is produced by a silkworm called Antheraea Proylei. Only two districts of Assam- Karbi Anglong and Dima Haso produce Tasar Silk in Assam.
Muga Silk is known as the pride of Assam. Assam is the largest producer of Muga Silk in the world. In terms of volume it constituents 90% of Muga silk production in India.