Tussar Silk , also often referred to as ‘Wild Silk, Tassar Silk, or Tusar Silk is an exquisite thread obtained from a wide winged moth that is yellowish-brown in colour. The scientific name of these moths is Antheraea Paphia and they are a part of the group known as Emperor Moths or Saturnids. These moths are a true wonder of nature. Their wings are embellished by circular markings that look like a mirror. Indeed, when you look closely into those circular markings, you’ll be able to see a reflection of yourself.
Kosa Silk is the Sanskrit name of Desi Tusser. Produced mainly in India, Tussar is highly valued for its natural Gold colors, which it inherits from the Antheria Paphia, Antheria Milita, and Antheria Proylei. As far as the history of the origin of Tussar Silk is concerned, there is very little data regarding the time of its origin.
However, borrowing from the history of raw silk, it can be said that Tussar silk was a discovery of the medieval times. Prior to that, there wasn’t any trace of Silk being made out of any other natural or artificial object in place of mulberry fed Silk works.
The cost difference between Tussar silk and other forms of silk arises from the fact that the former is not fed on mulberry. In fact, it is the rearing of the Tusser silkworms that makes them a cheaper variety. That said, Tussah silk is as illustrious a variety as any other.