Silks of Chhattisgarh

Chattisgarh produces excellent quality of silks. Chanderi Raigarh and Champa are the main silk producing centres.The craftspersons perform traditional and contemporary work. Embroidery is the main attraction on the silk fabrics and there are stitches which are as old as 150years. Marabhai is one of the traditional embroidery which maintains all its traditional stitches and it?s a form of hand embroidery. Kosa and ahimsa are the other most commonly used ones.

Tracing of the motif is done on the fabric and embroidery follows the pattern. The time to complete a piece of embroidery depends on the number of the stitches and the kind of fabric.

e.g. on saris it almost takes six to eight months, whereas the dupattas take about two months as the length of these is less than the saris.

The silk thread for the weave is obtained from the jungles of Chhattisgarh without killing the silkworms and involves using crushed and dried Mahuwa seeds to trap the silkworms after the formation of the cocoons.