This golden yellow colour silk is the prerogative of India and the pride of Assam state. It is obtained from the semi-domesticated multivoltine silkworm, Antheraea assamese. These silkworms feed on the aromatic leaves of Som and Soalu plants and are reared on trees similar to that of tasar.
Muga culture is specific to the state of Assam and an integral part of the tradition and culture of that state. One of the most expensive of silks in the world, Muga is used to make sarees and mekhela chadar, which is the traditional outfit of the Assamese people.