The wonder texture called Matka

by Shatika, September 1, 2015

Everything about Matka Silk is very fasinating, right from its name to its making. Simple however it may be, it is interesting to know how this fascinating name Matka came into being. They say the filaments of the cocoons of this silk from Bihar were originally unwound and plied together on a mud pot,or Matka and hence the name!   1431755367-002

Just like the name, its making makes for an interesting piece of information too. 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 warp. The yarns are obtained from short ends of silk from Mulberry silkworms (Bombyx mori) and spun by hand without removing the gum (sericin). As such, there are slubs and irregularities that give the fabric a unique character. It looks something like tweed, but the fibers are all the same color. Matka sews easily and is good for suits, jackets, and furnishings along with wonderful looking sarees.

Cocoons required to produce Matka are mainly obtained from Karnataka and Kashmir but spinning is mostly done in the villages of Malda and Murshidabad districts in West Bengal by women by hand spinning. Unlike the making of other handlooms which are niche and are very specific to a region, Matka silk is made in various other parts of the country including West Bengal, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh and Uttar Pradesh

Light and airy, Matka Silk sarees carry a lot of weight when it comes to their rich looks. Infact their rough and unfinished look have a raw appeal to it that has now become a craze among the modern women. While the texture of a Matka silk saree is rough, the comfort it gives to its wearer is unimaginable, a reason why it is the preferred choice for office going women. Since the Matka Silk fiber has uniform and subdued colour, it can be dyed into jubilant colors. This clubbed with the inherent silken shine makes it an appropriate wear for cheery occasions like weddings.

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                           Matka silk sarees are a fine balance of texture and luster, beauty and comfort and princely and price and we don’t see a reason why you shouldn’t look at our newly launched collection of Matka silk sarees because if Matka silk sarees are truly the choice of today then we bet we have the finest of them all! Catch a glance of this wondrous collection at: http://www.shatika.co.in/east-indian weaves/matka-silk-sarees.html

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