The Kingdom of Anga, described in the Ramayana and the Mahabharata as an important centre for art, culture and trade, has been the source of the finest silk since the Vedic period. This silk city is today called Bhagalpur. Households in Bhagalpur, Bihar, have been weaving Tussar silk for centuries and passing down their knowledge from generation to generation. Husainabad, Nathnagar, Champa Nagar and Kharik Bazaar are among the prominent clusters in the region for Tussar silk. Tussar is drawn from wild moth cocoons without killing the larvae. It can take as many as 6,000 cocoons to get just one kilogram of silk. Tussar is known for its golden sheen and special texture. The short length of the fibre makes the silk less durable, but the fabric also breathes more, making it better suited for warm climates.