Silk has a deep and rich heritage in India, one that dates back not just decades but centuries. India has been an exporter of silk since ancient times. The infamous “silk route” was based entirely on a passage through the orient, including the subcontinent. In ancient times, silk was a symbol of prosperity. This shimmering fabric traces its roots of origin and existence way back to the Indus Valley Civilization. However, countries like China also showcased the essence of this fibre during 2570 BC, but Asian countries did trace out archaeological discoveries of this unique fabric. This civilization believed to have invested their efforts and harvested majorly on these silken cocoons and traded vast amount of raw silk.
Today, India is the second largest exporter of silk in the world, with China bagging the first position. Silk still holds its position as a symbol of prosperity and wealth. All over India, different cultures have interpreted the material differently. Varied designs and ways of cutting, stitching and draping the material into various garments have arisen. The silk sari is synonymous with Indian weddings and festivals. However the colours and draping varies.
Now a popular variation, is the raw silk Kurta both for men and women. Also, expensive and heavily embroidered sherwanis are a staple at north Indian weddings. the silk sherwanis is the uniform of the Indian groom in most parts. There are many brands today that create new and unique designs using silk for weddings. Though silk is not as malleable as some other materials, its aesthetic appeal is far greater. The silver threads woven into the material give it this effect. The way it gleams in the Indian sun, is unparalleled. Though not the best material for the heat, it is a wonderful material for winter weddings. It’s use of course is not limited to the bride and groom. It can be fashioned into lehengas for girls, kurtas for boys and older men, saris for women and girls ghagra cholis.
Silk has also been a national symbol for as long as anyone can remember. The world identifies it with India even though china is a greater exporter of the material. Silk is a rich fabric with a rich heritage, not to be forgotten in the wheels of time.