Assam has a rich tradition of weaving in handloom since time immemorial and ‘The Golden Threads of Assam’ is a mission to preserve and promote Assam’s spun gold – Muga. It is an initiative to promote this timeless silk in the global arena by taking Muga from the looms to the ramp and from the ramp to all the nooks and corners of the world. It is also an effort to protect the Muga culture by ensuring that the undiluted and pure fabric is produced and made available to all. ‘The Golden Threads of Assam’, therefore, opens a portal to the world of amazing creations in the rarest of silk. Renowned for its rarity, durability and golden hue, Muga is today fighting a silent battle to survive the onslaught of global climatic changes and other external factors. This golden legacy gifted to Assam by Mother Nature herself is being threatened by artificial silk promoters and is almost on the abyss of extinction. ‘The Golden Threads of Assam’ is highly motivated towards working for the uplift of people involved in Muga cultivation and production. We have endeavored to preserving and reviving this timeless spun gold and present its regal status before the world. It’s time the world sees the magnificent and amazing Muga silk of Assam. We aim to unveil the glory and untold story of the royal and the regal woven gold of Assam. Golden Threads also aims to popularize another silk of Assam, Eri, which has been creating waves all over the world. Eri silk, also widely known as Ahimsa silk due to its unique way of rearing the cocoons, is another feather in the cap of Assam silk.
Golden Threads is working towards helping weavers & rearers so as to ensure that Muga maintains its unique and special identity by:
- Promoting its value-added design so as to increase the acceptance of Muga products throughout the world.
- Giving them financial and technical assistance.
- Skill development through regular training and workshops.
- To enforce a regulated market so that the producers of this silk are not exploited.
- Empowerment of women in rural and urban areas through sericulture and other handloom activities.