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99% of the Mashru available in the market uses rayon instead of silk. Weavers don’t find it feasible to buy the expensive silk yarn as more people opt for synthetic Mashru made on powerlooms. The real Mashru and synthetic variety may even look the same to the naked eye. But the moment you touch the fabric, you know the difference. Mashru weaves cotton and silk yarn in such a way that the cotton touches your skin and the silk is what appears on the outer surface. The artisan family we work with has been weaving Mashru for six generations. They use cotton yarn from a locally grown indigenous cotton along with high grade silk yarn. On an average, it takes us eight to ten months to develop a Mashru design. But the wait is worth it.