Weaving Silk, Assam

If necessity is the mother of invention, it’s easy to see why Sualkuchi is such a fine craftsman’s village. Once an incubator for various small industries like the hand-loom and oil processing using traditional ghani methods, the village now solely produces the exquisite Muga silk. When you learn that this is the only place in the world that produces silk by turning only open silkworm cocoons, it warrants a pause to reflect on the Gandhian principles that seem remiss these days.