And a truck taking a Durga statue to its pandal, a place where it will be set out for the Puja that started today.
Assam is a welcome change. The area is very green, an enormous contrast to Kolkata, and the climate extremely hot and humid.
We checked into the Hotel Radisson and had the best lunch we will have in a long while… as many choices as you can imagine and all you can eat. Here is a bit of the dessert bar to give a flavor.
After lunch we drove for about an hour and a half to the town of Sualkuchi, known for centuries for its silk weavers. The entrance honors the town’s traditions with statues of female figures weaving on looms.
We visited a farm where silk worms are grown. There are 3 types of worms: the Bombex ones we are familiar with that eat mulberry leaves; Eri silkworms that eat castor leaves and break out of their cocoons. The cocoons produce a light beige silk and the castor leaves that look like this:
The farm is nurturing the trees on which the Muga worms will be placed. The government supplies the tiny worms which grow to thumb-size in about a month after they are placed on the trees.
After the silk thread is woven, it produces golden textiles much in demand in Assam for dowries and weddings.
reels the thread onto a spool.
On the way back to Guwahati, we passed several truck loads of revelers priming for the Durga Puja.
And the Brahmaputra River, one of Asia’s major rivers.