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THE SILK ROUTE

Muga Silk is a symbol of elegance and preciousness — and in keeping with its commitment to the 'Make In India' campaign — The Fashion Design Council of India [FDCI] will dedicate a show to 'The Queen Of Textiles' at Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn-Winter '17. The offs-site show will be held at National Rail Museum on Day2 of the fashion week, slated from March 15-18 at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi.

 

For the uninitiated, Muga is produced from the cocoons of 'Antheraea Assamensis' which is available only in Assam. Hence, it is just this state that has been producing Muga handloom silk with inbuilt shimmer, once reserved for royalty, and compared to being as expensive as gold! Highlighting Muga is an earnest attempt to safeguard the Assamese legacy and its celebrated craftsmanship. Speaking on the collaboration, Sunil Sethi, President, FDCI reveals, ''Muga Silk is known for its durability and gloss and at this edition, through our association with 'Golden Threads of Assam', we are re-looking at telling a tale of Indian textile by reviving lost heritage. Samant Chauhan will enliven Muga by giving it an edgy flavor while maintaining strength of texture. We applaud Riniki Bhuyan Sharma's efforts and selfless contribution towards Assamese weavers.''

 

LITTLE KNOWN FACTS ABOUT MUGA SILK

 

**Assam received the Geographical Indication [GI] tag for Muga Silk in 2007. It was estimated that 27,878+ people  were involved in the cultivation of cocoons, weaving and post production at that time.

 

**The sheen improves after each wash, making Muga silk garments last a lifetime — and also making it one of the costliest silks in the world!

 

**Muga Silk, chiefly produced by the Garo community of Assam, is obtained from silkworm Antheraea Assamensis that feed on Som and Soalu plants. Typically, a silk farmer requires access to at least an acre of land to cultivate 400+ grams of silk. Time taken to weave a sari is two months, right from rearing silkworms to the finished product, as the weaving process takes just a week to complete!
 

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01-MARCH-2017
 
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