Tussar


Tussar silk, widely known as Kosa silk or “wild silk” (vanya) is produced naturally and not cultivated, some going so far as to collect the cocoon after the silkworm has left it and for this reason it is also known as “non-violent silk” or Ahimsa. As a result of letting the larvae cut its way out of the cocoon, the threads of Tussar silk are shorter and more delicate than the cultivated mulberry strands. Tussar silk cocoons can be found on the trees Arjun, Saja and Sal, indigenous to the densely forested Indian states of Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand. Only one-fifth of the world’s silk is obtained naturally, the majority of which comes from India and 40 percent of that majority coming from the state of Jharkhand alone. Tussar silk is known for its beautiful texture and sheen and is found in natural shades of cream, honey, beige, yellow and ash.