The Tussar silk is often produced by the caterpillar of a wild silk moth that is found in rain forests of Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, Chhatisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. Unlike mulberry silkworms, these caterpillars are difficult to cultivate in captivity, so the cocoons are sometimes gathered from the wilds.
However, it is not commercially viable to collect Tussar silk cocoons from jungles. Jungle Ghicha silk and Kosa silk (mainly produced in Chattisgarh from a worm similar to silkworm) are sales gimmicks. Ghicha or Khewa are the names given to yarns that are not dyed when Tussar silk is reeled.
Ghicha silk actually is the by-product of Tussar silk. The yarns of Ghicha silk are obtained from the cocoons of Tussar Silk. As per that conventional sayings, Ghicha threads are the undyed leftovers of pure Tussar silk threads which are processed for dying. Hence, the Ghicha silk threads are natural and it offers the natural texture and an exceptional sensational weaving.
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