The Tussar silk top is made of 100% tussar silk. While pure silk is made from silkworms that feed on mulberry leaves, tussar silk worm feeds on leaves of the Arjun tree. These silkworms are wild and live in the trees. The strength of the yarn due to its short fibre length makes it one of the most durable fabrics. Tussar silk is lot more textured than mulberry silk. The industry makes extensive use of rural and tribal labor. The women that work in the industry are trained in the production of silk. It takes them 3 days to finish a single 10 meter cloth. The fabric is also cooler than the other varieties and is a lot more porous, therefore, breathable. The silk also has a dull golden sheen. Most of the fabric produced comes from India, which is where the fabric for this top also comes from.
Silk is biodegradable, renewable, antibacterial and flame retardant.
This top is one of the hand dyed pieces by Kopou. The collection includes tops, tunics, dresses, scarves and robes. All pieces are hand dyed using either screen printing, shibori dyeing, block printing or painting, or a combination. Find the full collection by Kopou here.