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ashok and sal trees that are indigenous to many Indian states. India accounts for most of Tussar silk production. And Malda in West Bengal is the largest producer of this silk. Bhagalpur is also famous for Tussar silk which is locally called Bhagalpuri silk. Another variant is popularly called Kosa silk. It is also produced in other states like Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Orissa and Chattisgarh. Tussar silk is favored for its rich texture that gives a contemporary, gorgeous appeal to saris, salwars and handicrafts that are crafted from it. The sari comes in vibrant colours like pink, green, red, blue and so on. Tussar silk weaving industry is centuries old. The skill has been passing down generations from weaver to weaver. Currently Bhagalpur has over 30,000 handloom weavers who work with Tussar silk creating exquisite saris. Tussar silk can be hand painted or printed. These are very popular abroad. Annually they account for a trade of Rs 100 crores. Many of these saris are exported to the Gulf countries, Europe and USA. They are easily available online. Tusser silk sarees can be easily bought in large Indian cities like Bangalore, Hyderabad, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and others. Tussar silk is available at a lesser price compared to other pure silks. It is also more durable. It has short fibres that add to its strength. Each Tussar silk saree is irrestible in its beauty. It has a rich, coarse texture. It is delicate yet stiff and strong. It is easier to drape and comfortable in feel. It adds a classic appeal to every occasion whether festive or otherwise and they come at nominal cost. Modern designers have added a totally new dimension by their contemporary design concepts to elevate Tusser sarees to a new level. When worn with elegant designer blouses, Tusser can stand up to any other contemporary dress. The sari is very popular for the grace it bestows upon its wearer. Tussar silk continues to add a sophisticated elegance to a woman’s wardrobe.[ - ]
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