Indian Premium Silk
Matka Silk Fabric is a rough handloom Indian silk fabric made from the waste Mulberry Silk (Bombyx Mori) without removing its gum (sericin) part. It is largely obtained from the states of Karnataka and Kashmir but its spinning is done in the Malda and Murshidabad districts in West Bengal. It comes from thick yarn spun from the silkworm Bombyx Mori which results in some irregularities in the texture of the fabric. Matka silk resembles the tweed fabric in texture.
Matka silk is basically rough handloom silk fabric. It is made from very thick yarns spun out of broken waste or leftover fibres from a hatched cocoon. Mainly spun by hand, the filaments of the cocoons of this silk from Bihar were originally unwound and plied together on a mud pot, called Matka in the local language and that’s how it got its name.
Cocoons required to produce Matka silk 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. Anuprerna is currently working with about 9 different Matka Silk artisans weaving clusters spread across Bengal.
Being made from several broken short yarns, Matka fabric has uneven texture and irregularities due to slub; also less of a shine than conventional silk. Its texture resembles a tweed cloth, though the fabric of Matka is thick, it is very light and airy. They are very easy to work with.
Silk is a low-waste fibre, to begin with. In the case of our Matka silk, it is also cruelty-free as it's made from short broken fibres from hatched cocoons. It is essentially upcycled silk. Matka fabric is thick, very light and airy. Depending on the amount of yarn used to make Matka silk, the material’s thickness can be adjusted and the resultant fabric can be used to make different items. Matka Silk cloth produce richer vibrant hues when dyed. Because Matka silk is easy to work with, a wide variety of embroidery and printing can be done on this fabric and is the perfect raw material to make jackets/coats /furnishings/sarees. It is preferred by many due to its economical price and fabric strength when compared with other popular silk.