Background

Sualkuchi is a multi-caste town under Guwahati Sub-division of Kamrup district of Assam, situated on the North bank of the mighty Brahmaputra at a distance of 30 km West of Guwahati.
Sualkuchi is having a long tradition of silk weaving at least since the 17th century.
Sualkuchi is the prime centre of the silk hand loom industry of Assam. The weaving industry of Sualkuchi remained almost confined within the Tanti Community of Tantipara up-to the 1930. later people belonging to other communities also started to take up silk weaving gradually. The Hand loom industry of Sualkuchi encompasses cotton textile silk textile as well as Khadi cloth which are, in fact, traditional cloth endowing high social and moral value in and outside the state. However, Sualkuchi is well known for silk textiles both mulberry and muga silk.

Details –

Number of handlooms – 40,000

Number of weavers – 65,000

Handloom products – muga silk sarees, dress materials, dupatta.

Cluster Accessibility –

Sualkuchi is well connected with Roadways, railways and airways.

Roadways – 20km away from garal bus stop.

Railways – 30km away from kamakhaya railway station.

Airways – 40km away from Guwahati airport.

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