Traditional significance of Silk across India

Silk originated back in the Indus valley civilization in India and since then has been used in several rituals and ceremonies. No festival, traditional celebration, or any other spiritual ceremony is completed without wearing traditional silk attires. Silk symbolizes the essence of purity and resembles the rich cultural heritage and history of India. Due to its rich texture and shine with exclusivity, silk has been the evergreen fabric for generations for any function or ritual in Indian tradition and household. After the introduction of silk cloth to India, initially, it was only adorned by royalty and aristocrats due to its expensive availability and painstaking production process. Later many handcrafted embroideries and precious embellishments also started to decorate the silk fabrics, making the piece more exclusive over time.

To date, silk is considered among the most expensive and luxurious fabrics in Indian subcontinents. About 97% of raw silk is produced in five states of our country; those are Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, and J&K. Majorly, silk is made from the southern part of India, including the very delicate and costly Mulberry silk. We can see the embroideries and detailing changes varied from state to state.

Apart from exclusivity and varied category, silk has a significant role in our culture and tradition, from weddings to several poojas with its charm and significance. Silk attire like saree, lehenga, or suit is considered auspicious and pure for any traditional celebrations. Brides prefer pure silk during their wedding and even for the pre-wedding festivities. From bright colors to subtle hues today, silk has seen the revolution of creativity since those initial days. There is still the significance of pure silk, and even in Hindu culture and tradition, silk is offered to gods and goddesses. Gifting silk to anyone is considered highly respectable and precious today. This tradition may vary in many parts of the country, but the similarity is almost identical.

From Diwali puja to Durga Puja, silk can be seen everywhere in the form of saree, lehenga, suits, or even dresses. It has been now a tradition to wear this piece full of cultural history and our country's rich culture. Due to its cultural importance, the love for silk is also due to its lightweight and sheer elegance with rich texture, which amplifies the overall look. Due to the continuous revolutions in the fashion industry, we get to see many beautiful delicate embroidered silk attires with new-age colors and patterns. Silk is probably of the rarest fabric which continues to woo us with its historic and vintage charm.