Tussah Silk

Rove of tussah silk. Rove of tussah silk.

Tussah (or Tussar) silk is the principal type of wild silk. It often has a coarse, light brown colour. It is produced from cocoons of moths of the Saturniidae family, particularly the species Antheraea pernyi, a native of China. Not to be confused with tussah that is a plain weave fibre with a rib effect.


  • BURNHAM, Dorothy (1980). Warp and Weft: A Textile Terminology, Toronto: Royal Ontario Museum, p. 123.
  • TORTORA, Phyllis G. and Ingrid JOHNSON (2014). The Fairchild Books: Dictionary of Textiles, 8th edition, London: Bloomsbury, pp. 641-642.

Digital source of illustration (retrieved 5 July 2016).


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