Matka Silk

Matka is an Indian term for rough handloom silk fabric made from very thick yarns spun out of pierced cocoon in the weft and organzine in the warp. Filaments of the cocoons of this silk from Bihar were originally unwound and plied together on a mud pot, or Matka . The yarns are obtained from short ends of silk from Mulberry silkworms and spun by hand without removing the gum . As such, there are irregularities that give the fabric a unique character. Cocoons required to produce Matka are mainly obtained from Karnataka and Kashmir but spinning is mostly done by women in the villages of Malda and Murshidabad districts in West Bengal by hand spinning.