Muga Silk

Muga silk is the product of the silkworm Antheraeaassamensis endemic to Assam. The larvae of these moths feed on som (Machilusbombycina) and sualu (Litsaeapolyantha) leaves. The silk produced is known for its glossy fine texture and durability. It was previously reported that muga silk cannot be dyed or bleached due to “low porosity”, but this is incorrect; muga takes dye like any other silk. This silk can be hand-washed with its lustre increasing after every wash. Very often the silk outlives its owner. This is a wild caterpillar reared in Assam, India. The silk produced is golden in colour.