Silk is regarded as a fabric for the rich because it is quite expensive to acquire. Because of its pricey and luxurious nature, many people often turn to other artificial varieties of silk that resemble the natural version in almost every way. One such variety of silk is Katan silk, which is created when two silk filaments are twisted together to create a stronger, more reliable fabric. Because Katan silk has a unique texture, it creates a perfect backdrop for any adornments that need to be made or added to the fabric. Katan silk’s versatility makes it every fashion designers and weaver’s dream fabric. Owing to its unique texture and appearance, it is easy to identify Katan silk from other varieties of silk.
The origins of Katan silk can be traced back to Persia before its arrival in India during the rule of the Mughal Empire. The members of the royal family would adorn fabrics made from Katan silk before the use of the fabric became more popular among the subjects. Katan silk was available in a range of colors and motifs back then but it is only recently that innovations have allowed for an extensive variety of styles, motifs, and patterns.
Making Katan silk
Katan silk is created in a painstaking process that must be followed to the letter each time to ensure the desired end result of the fabric is achieved. To begin the process, silk yarns are steamed and treated with a mixture of chemicals in order to make them softer and bendier. Therefore, Katan silk is made up of a plain woven fabric that is embedded with threads of pure silk. Katan silk can be classified into different categories including Katan Brocade, Katan Butidar Paga Saree, Katan Butidar and Katan Butidar Mina. Once the process of weaving and wafting is complete, the fabric is dyed through various techniques including the Bandhana method, which is very similar to tie and dye in methodology.
Ensure that your Katan silk fabric is stored properly to protect it from the elements such as dust and atmospheric moisture. You can try wrapping your Katan sari in a soft cotton or muslin cloth for protection.
To avoid unraveling the yarn, try to only clean your fabric or sari when necessary. Regular washing, especially through dry cleaning, can damage the fabric. If you must, use a mild soapy mixture and delicately rinse the fabric afterward.
Try not to dry your fabric under intense sunlight as it could damage the patterns on the fabric.