Tussan Silk

Tussan SilkTussan Silk

Tussar silk (alternatively spelled as Tussah, Tushar, Tassar, Tusser and also known as Kosa Silk) is produced from Tussar silkworms (Antheraea mylitta and Antheraea proylei, belonging to the moth genus Antheraea). These silkworms live in the wild in trees belonging to Terminalia species and Shorea robusta as well as other food plants found in South Asia.

There is a variation where the silkworms are allowed to leave before the cocoons are soaked in boiling water to soften the silk and then reeled.

Tussar silk is considered more textured than cultivated or "mulberry" silk but it has shorter fibres, which makes it less durable. It has a dull gold sheen.

When used for soap making, the natural peptides found in silk are released into the soap and it adds sheen, luster and slip to bars of soap.

Products using Tussan Silk: