The silk we are all familiar with, is made from the cocoons of the silkworm Bombyx mori, which feeds on the leaves of the mulberry. But the rare silk called Muga silk of Assam, is made using the cocoons of the silkworm Anthera assamensis, which are endemic to Assam , in Northeast India. These cocoons feed on the leaves of the Som tree which is found in the forest of that state. The silk is a natural golden colour, which cannot be dyed or bleached.
We saw the handlooms of Muga silk in Sialkuchi, a small town in Assam, where the weavers weave intricate designs in the silk. You cn see the golden muga threads in the loom.