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I have resided out of Assam for 12 years at the IT capital of India, ‘Bangalore’. I never thought of returning back to my state due to the career prospects and this made me adopt the culture and language of Karnataka. I enjoyed living in Bangalore (as many others who reside here and fall in love with the city, the climate and the night life). I made many friends in Karnataka, both localities and residents from other states. Though many of my friends belonged from various states in India they knew one thing about Assam and that one thing I was always asked to get back from my visit to Assam was ‘Assam Silk’. After my vacation I ensured to carry this gift ‘Assam Silk Sarees’ for the near and dear ones of my friends. Their joy knew no bounds on seeing the silk and I was rewarded with something unique from their state from handicrafts of Odisha and Rajasthan to the exclusive ‘Kashmiri Pashmina’. And this practice continued for many years.

Years passed and one fine day I decided to leave Bangalore and return back to Assam. I was lucky to get a job here and with all my belongings I returned to Assam on 19th November, 2014. At the beginning I never liked Assam and always wanted to get out of this place. But as people say – ‘Distance makes the hearts grow fonder’ I wanted to relive my life in Assam and God did give me this opportunity (Must be the bell I tied at the Tiling Mandir/Bell Temple). So once I was back I decided to explore the state and on every Sunday I would set out for a day of adventure in and around Guwahati. My visits took me to Mayong – the Land of Black Magic, Chandubi Lake, the Kamakhaya Temple, the Umanananda temple, Hajo and many other nearby places in Guwahati. But one of my most memorable visits has been to Bijoynagar.

Situated 50 kilometers from Guwahati is what we can call ‘the Haven for pure Silk lovers – the town of Bijonagar’. The hours spent on ‘Google’ for ‘Assam Silk’ lead me to this place in search on a person named Mr. Narmohan Das. Das Da, as people in the area call him, is a revered person in this silk village. A visionary, an Entrepreneur and most strongly a man who believes in realizing his dream. A one man army who transformed this not so well known village to a place where people from all over the world come to visit. My interaction with Das Da made me realize a blunder I have been committing for all these years. His in depth knowledge of the silks of Assam made me realize that there is no fabric known as Assam Silk! Assam silk constitutes of three main categories of silk namely – the ‘golden Muga’, the ‘white Pat’ and the warm ‘Eri silk’. A person selling/buying/gifting a fabric called as Assam Silk is committing a blunder (so did I) because no fabric as such exists!

Mr. Narmohan Das is a one the prominent person in Assam who is keeping the practice of Silk worm rearing alive. These indigenous fabrics of Assam has lost its significance to the many cheap imitations in the market and people like Das Da is striving to keep this tradition alive battling against all odds. Bringing in variations to the fabric has helped in achieving this objective to a great extent. Eri silk dyed in natural colors like turmeric, tea, cow-dung, etc. has began gaining international recognition and these fabrics are exported worldwide from this small village. ‘Stoles of Eri Silk’ and ‘Silk for Kimono’s’ in Japan are certain other exclusive products available only with Das Da. The ‘Queen of England’ is a regular buyer of Das da’s silk and one exclusive material that ships out every year are carpets made out of ‘Muga Silk’ – all the way from tinsel town in Bijoynagar to the Palace of Buckingham in England. Over 300 weavers from across villages in and around Bijoynagar are toiling day and night with Mr. Narmohan Das to keep this treasure of Assam alive and renowned across all corners of the world.

The grandeur of silks of Assam have been penned down by many writers and can continue across many pages but wouldn’t end without the mention of ‘Suwalkuchi – the Mansheter of the East’. Located 35km away from Guwahati on the northern bank of the river Brahmaputra, is the renowned silk-weaving centre Sualkuchi. Often known as the Manchester of the East, it is one of world’s largest weaving villages. Sualkuchi is famed for its ‘Muga’ silk, i.e the natural golden silk (not dyed) of Assam which is not produced anywhere else in the world. Other varieties like ‘Endi’ or ‘Tassar’ and ‘Pat’ silks are also woven here.

A picturesque town, Suwalkuchi is surrounded by a forest range, well-tended agricultural fields and the numerous village fishing ponds to complete the rustic picture. Rich in ecological diversity, both migratory and exotic local birds are sighted here, in addition to important mammals such as porcupines, Rhesus monkey, Hog deer, Barking deer, rabbits, Gangetic dolphins etc. Over 30 species of butterflies, moths, beetles, bugs, caterpillars, ants and bees add to the ‘buzz’ of life at the Silk town of Assam. Apart from its silk weaving Suwalkuchi is also famous for the popular for its annual boat festival. This race is organized to commemorate the death anniversary of Srimanta Sankardev (1449 -1568). Srimanta Sankardev is considered as a colossal figure in the cultural and religious history of Assam. In the year 1965 a rowing competition committee was formed not only to revive this old age tradition but also to strengthen the harmony ,unity and integrity amongst the people belonging to different cast and communities of the area. Both Hindus and Muslims participate in it with equal enthusiasm.

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