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A Cocoon Story: Production Of Silk And Aftermath

Posted by Admin on December, 28, 2021

Silk, the term defines a fabric of elegance and timeless beauty. The most loved and yet the most expensive fabric ever produced. The story of this shiny fabric starts from the day when the best cocoon is selected for processing. Silk travels a long journey to reach our wardrobes. In India, wearing a silken garment denotes class and superiority. The festivities bring many lavish-looking attires of silk that signify, the position of silk within our minds.


How Is Silk Produced?

The process starts by allowing the hatched eggs to grow under a controlled environment. The caterpillars hatched out of the eggs produce a cocoon. These cocoons have moths (grown from caterpillars) inside them. But the cocoon is processed to produce raw silk. From the raw silk, raw silk fabric is produced which is further knitted to produce garments.


Types of silk:

Raw silk is known with different names in different parts of India. In the southern states of India, it is called 'pattu'. The same term is spelled as 'paat' in the eastern part of India. Further in Urdu, it is called 'Resham'. Be it 'paat' or 'resham', but the grade of silk is always maintained and honored irrespective of the region from where it is produced.


Features of Silk:

Apart from the pristine beauty, the fabric has many characteristics that set it differently from all other fabrics:

Strength: It might seem that silk is soft and delicate to touch with bare hands, but it has great strength inside. The silk threads produced from the cocoon are usually a single long strand of fiber. Hence, removing it takes a lot of time.

Fast-drying: The fabrics dry faster than any other fabric, the thinness of the fabric readily absorbs water but it too lets it dry faster by helping easy evaporation. Hence silken fabrics are always used to mount flags, whereas with rainy weather; the fabric keeps waving in the air.

Water absorbent: The fabric readily absorbs water when exposed to it, it is always advised to wash the fabric without water. This way, the strands of silk that usually become softer when dipped in water have a fairer chance of getting damaged.

Temperature friendly: The fabric is cool in hot weather and warmer in cold conditions, hence it can be worn in all weather conditions without much thought. It is the prime reason why silk sarees are popular in every season.

Luster: The unique quality of silk is its shine and reflection. Strands of silk are not joint together whereas, it is like a straight long thread. This uniformity of fabric makes it much more attractive than others.

Elasticity: It is a rumour that the silk saree was folded and kept in a matchbox. It might sound absurd, but there' a bit of truth in this talk too. The elasticity of pure silk is such that it can be folded many times we want without impacting the quality of the fabric.


Silk will always remain the most revered fabric in the Indian industry. There are many raw silk fabric suppliers in Gujarat that supply the best quality of silk. Only the best quality of silk can explain the actual meaning of Silk.



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