Again, I am harking back to North-Eastern state of India: Assam. Still the land of mystery. I was going through imperial gazetteer of India and reading about Sibsagar, now bearing the moniker of “Sivasagar”. This district is famous for oil fields, tea and silk sarees. People from outside of Assam, who are posted there, especially in oil industry, buy silk sarees and take them to their hometowns for their womenfolk.
According to gazetteer, silk is obtained from three kinds of silk worms namely eri(attacus recini), muga(antheraea assama) and pat (bambyx textor). The eri worm is fed on castor-oil (Ricinus communis), the muga on sum tree(Machilus Odaratissima) & pat on mulberry tree (Morus indica). A fine white thread, which is much valued, is produced by feeding muga on chapa(Magnolia griffithii) and the mezankuri(tetranethera polyantha) . Muga silk is produced in large quanitiies but pat is comparatively rare.