If you own even half a dozen sarees, we won’t be surprised at all if a luxurious tussar silk saree is one of them. From family functions to weddings, young girls as well as women wear tussar silk drapes with absolute pride. But while these sarees are easy to come by, not many women know enough about this variety of silk. So if you already own a few or are planning to buy a tussar silk saree, there’s no time like now to learn all about them.
1. Desi Tussar silk sarees are also known by the Sanskrit name, Kosa silk sarees. They are made from silk that is produced from silk worms that breed on wild forest trees, not mulberry trees.
2. A lot of India’s Tussar silk saree production happens in Bhagalpur in Bihar. In fact, the silk weaving industry in this region goes back over a century! Hence, Bhagalpuri silk sarees are just as popular.
3. Tribal women who are trained in the art of tussar silk weaving can produce about 10 metres of the silk cloth in around three days.
4. Though cheaper than mulberry silk, a genuine Tussar silk saree will still cost you anywhere between Rs.3000 to Rs.4000.
5. While Tussar is more textured than mulberry silk, its shorter fibres make it less durable. That said, the porous fabric makes Tussar a comfortable choice even in our warm Indian summers.
6. Tussar silk sarees have a natural dull gold colour, which make them a great choice for Indian weddings. We wouldn’t be surprised if you already have a few embroidered tussar sarees with nature-inspired motifs in your own wardrobe.
7. Tussar silk sarees are delicate and need to be dry cleaned only. Store them in muslin bags to allow the fabric to breathe.
8. The test of a genuine Tussar saree is to burn the edges slightly. If it smells like burnt hair rather than just leaving a solid residue, you know you have an original. (We suggest you buy your saree from a trusted source so you don’t need to do this test.)