How was it made? Cultivating Tasar Silk
Science - Biology
Jan 14, 2023
Unlike the wholly-domesticated Bombyx mori silkworm, which is raised totally indoors and feeds solely on mulberry leaves, India’s ‘wild’ silk moth species are only semi-domesticated. Native to eastern and central India, they must be partially reared outdoors where they have access to a variety of trees in which to live, eat, and spin their cocoons. Tasar silk is one of the most widespread of India’s ‘wild’ silks, but is most plentiful in the states of Odisha, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh. The footage explores how cultivators must cooperate with nature to cultivate this ‘wild’ silk.