About Indian Silk

Associated with ceremonial rites of ancient India, silk has been a highly revered fabric. It continues to be a popular and widely used material because of its soft smoothness, its lustre and shine and its graceful and sensuous folds which lend themselves exquisitely to designing.

Silk – the very word conjures up visions of a fabric so soft, so smooth, and so splendorous, it is fit for a king. The highly revered fabric is associated with ceremonial rites among the Hindus and the religious books are full of references to it. India was probably the first country to attain perfection in the art of weaving fabric, silk as well as cotton. From times immemorial silk has been a much sought after fabric by not only the common man but by kings and queens. This soft material left the shores of India and captured the hearts of the whole world centuries ago.

Fine, tightly woven silk was valued not only for its beauty and luxury, but also for its purity. Hindu's treat silk as a pure substance - so much so that they feel that there is no need to wash silk fabrics before ceremonial use. One of the reasons why Hindu's treat silk as a pure substance is that it is produced from the cocoons of moths which have completed their cycle and have broken out of the cocoons. Hence no killing is involved for the production of silk, and thus it becomes sacred and unpolluted.

What is a Ceremonial Indian Sari?