Madhapur Silk : From Adilabad Jungles to Cosmopolitan Soirees

  • Silk has always been the fabric of Aristocracy & riches since time immemorial all over the world, though the origin of silk is believed to be in China during Yang Shao culture while an empress was sipping tea under the Mulberry tree, a cocoon tipped in her cup & began to unravel only to leave her enamored.

  • Currently in India there are five states which contribute chiefly in agriculture namely Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, West-Bengal and Jammu & Kashmir. Ancient silk route from china to Mediterranean passing through provinces of India shows our active involvement in silk trade.

Silk Route

Madhapur Silk : From Adilabad Jungles to Cosmopolitan Soirees

  • Kolam tribes of Telangana collect the discarded cocoons from Adilabad forest to extract silk unlike the traditional method of boiling the cocoons alive. Madhapur Ghicha Tussar is extracted from empty cocoon also called Ahimsa silk, cause there is no killing of worms in the process. Double spun strands thus harnessed are stuck together to create strong silk Yarn.

silkworm cocoon

  • Madhapur Tussar silk is an all-time fabric, can be worn in summers & winters alike for it’s a pure natural fabric it keeps you warm in winters and cool in summers.
  • Cocoons in this process are picked up with utmost care from the forest bed to avoid the unharness-able ones. There are many untouched belts of forests with the possibilities of such cocoons are yet to be explored by the indigenous communities.

Picking up the cocoon

  • Besides silk production there are some families which are also indulged in raising konda patti cotton on the arid lands of the same terrain as the region is both withered by sun and deluged by the rains.

  • Some Artists & designers have taken up the vocation of producing vegetable dyes and then dyeing these silk and cotton fabrics with it for the sustainability of their natural sheen.
  • Recently in Lakme Fashion week winter/festive 2017, the Sheen of Madhapur Silk couture designed by Hyderabad based designers  struck the gathering of foppish cosmopolitans with Awe.

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  1. himani says:

    Hi,
    This is an amazing blog. I also loved the blog written on African Art and there is so much to learn about the different art of the world. Such blogs are a must read. I am also sharing the link of African art blog… It’s a must read!!

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