A coarse silk produced by a wild silkworm. There are three main types: Antheraea mylitta (largely Indian), Antheraea pernyi (largely Chinese), and Antheraea yama-mai (largely Japanese). It is brown in colour and is usually spun, since most cocoons cannot be reeled.
Note : The spelling ‘tussah’, although considered erroneous by etymologists, is in common usage in the textile industry for the name given to fibres and filaments.
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The wild silk of India and China where the silk worms are fed oak leaves. This causes a goldish color.
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