Muga - the worm and its rich silk. The Muga Mekhela Chador – the traditional dress of the Assamese woman - remains an emblem that will never fade. The golden thread from Muga is endemic to Assam-India’s north-eastern state. In Assam where Muga sericulture was once the primary means of livelihood, the vagaries of climate change have caused a damage difficult to reverse. Over the last two decades, the focus has shifted from the gold of Muga to the reds and browns of lesser fabrics. Summers now are too hot for the Muga worm to survive. It’s too delicate, too unreliable an enterprise. Rising temperatures, together with floods and droughts, have taken a toll on rearing activity in the last few years.


Anoop Khajuria