History:Matka Silk is a rough handloom 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.
Fabric Making: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. In spite of the irregularities of the Maka Silk texture, it is considered unique. This raw silk is combined with approximately 10 other threads and wound onto a reel. The reels are sent to the mill, where the silk fabric is woven.
It is a versatile fabric and easy to use.
It is very lightweight and used in embroidery and textile art.
The thickness of Matka silk can vary as per the amount of yarn used.
Maintenance: washed with care in mild detergent. Kept away from direct sunlight which can prevent color fading.