Samant Chauhan Brings Assam’s Muga Silk to the Fashion Week

Muga silk, the Golden Silk of Assam, made a spectacular entry on the ramp at designer Samant Chauhan’s show on the second day of Amazon India Fashion Week.

That the golden silk (it has a goldenish hue) could be used to make gowns and jackets forced viewers to look at the silk with a completely new lens.

Muga silk is more durable than ordinary silk. It looks a little rough but that same imperfection is its beauty. There are broadly three types of indigenous wild silks from Assam —golden Muga, white Pat and warm Eri silk and each has minor aesthetic variations. All are pretty fine fabrics, might we add.

A model displaying a piece by designer Samant Chauhan. (Photo: FDCI)
A model displaying a piece by designer Samant Chauhan. (Photo: FDCI)

Coming back to the show, there were one-pieces with a bit of red, and motifs depicting wheat stalks, maize and flowers.

A piece by designer Samant Chauhan. (Photo: FDCI)

Muga also got a Victorian touch with dramatic necklines. It was also interpreted in the form of gowns.

Even though Muga is an expensive silk, it is quite versatile, as was evident from this show.