The Tussar Silk Jala Weaving Process

A unique decentralised tussar silk industry thrives along the coastal belt of north Odisha, with Adivasi communities involved in collecting tussar silk cocoons from the forest. The tussar is subsequently thigh-reeled into fine quality khadi tussar yarns by the women in the weaving communities. With their traditional extra weft ‘Jala’ technique to create an embroidered texture of cultural motifs, usually a fish or rudraksh, the highly skilled tussar weavers of Odisha have been historically popular amongst kings and monarchs in the past.

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