An exclusive traditional dress, Mekhela Chadar woven with silk is indigenous to Brahmaputra Valley in Assam. Popularly known as Assam silk it denotes the three major types of indigenous wild silks produced in Assam—Golden Muga, White Paat and warm Eri Silk.
“Sualkuchi” a few kilometers away from the capital city of Guwahati is the center of Assam silk Industry. The skilled weavers of the place have created such a reputation in the industry that the region can be rightly called “The Silk Heaven of India”.
Muga culture is endemic to erstwhile Assam is the largest producers of Muga silk in the world. Though Assam produces all the 4 varieties of silk, yet major emphases have been given in production of Muga and Eri Silk which are popularly as Vanya Silk. Assam Contributes 95% and 65% of country’s total Muga and Eri production respectively.Assam received the Geographical Indication (GI) tag for Muga silk in 2007.
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Where to buy Assam Silk from?
If you happen to visit Assam, you surely need to purchase the most graceful Assam Silk Mekhla Chadar, Sarees, Kurta, Dhoti’s, Cheleng Chadar and Gamucha’s for yourself or your friends and family to keep the memories of the beautiful state afresh in your mind.
Even though there are a lot of emporiums across the state and outside Assam and online websites offering a variety of Assam Silk products, find below the list of places in the capital city of Guwahati where you can buy traditional items from:
1. The Silkalay,
Address: Kamala Tower, GS Rd, Ganeshguri, Guwahati, Assam 781005
2. Manju Silk Centre,
Address: H.B. Road, Panbazar Opposite Third Eye College, Pan Bazaar, Guwahati, Assam 781001
3. Assam Silk Emporium
Address: U.B. Plaza, Cotton College Rd, H.B. Road, Pan Bazar Road, Pan Bazaar, Guwahati, Assam 781001
4. Pragjyotika Assam Emporium
Address: Pragjyotika Bhawan, Gopi Nath Bordoloi Road, Ambari, Guwahati-781001
5. Kalpataru The Assam Cooperative Silk House Limited
Address: GaneshguriChariali, Ganeshguri, Guwahati, Assam 781006
Address: JR Mansion Shopping Arcade, Kamarpatty, Fancy Bazaar, Guwahati, Assam 781001
7. Baishya Silk Emporium
Address: Room No. 4, Chancellor Commercial Building, H.B. Road, Pan Bazar Road, Pan Bazaar, Guwahati, Assam 781001