Tussar Silk has its origins in Malda, a town in West Bengal. The silk is extremely textured and is cultured from the hives of mulberry. If we trace the history of raw silk, it can be said that Tussar silk was a discovery of the medieval times. Tussar is highly valued for its natural gold colours, which it inherits from a typical kind of yellowish brown coloured moths. These wild winged moths feed on the leaves of Asan and Arjun plants.
Talking about Tussar production, the women of the tribal and rural areas were trained in weaving silk out of cocoons and weaving fabrics out of threads. It takes a weaver around 3 days to finish a single 10 meter Tussar silk cloth. On an average, a weaver weaves a minimum of 10 Tussar sarees every month. Tussar silk can also be used as a base fabric for stitched apparel, furnishing fabrics, and handicrafts. Sarees though remain the most popularly manufactured product using this material. Many designers use Tussar in innovative ways as part of their designer garments. These garments produced using Tussar silk are known worldwide and exported to different countries.