A Hindi term for plain handloom woven silk made from thick yarn, which is warm to the touch, is crease resistant and looks like linen but with a softer drape. It can either be made from Mulberry silk filament, which produce the finest cloth, or broken, wild eri, silk, which gives a fluffier and softer cloth with tweed-like irregular slubs and flecks.

Matka silk is not expensive and comes in a huge variety of colours. Its drape is  good enough, and heavy enough, for  the best swags and tails –  especially when cut on the cross; with a heavy  interlining  into good thick,  curtains; on it’s own or  lined only for fine, light drapes for windows and beds; also for cushions, bedcovers, light upholstery and bedroom loose covers.



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