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Why 5 of The World's Priciest Fabrics Are So Expensive (Video)


Fabrics and textiles have always been an integral part of human culture, with some even considered as a symbol of luxury and status. Among the priciest fabrics in the world is muga silk, which is only produced in the Indian state of Assam. Muga silk is known for its strength, durability, and natural golden-yellow hue, which never fades even after multiple washes. It is made by the larvae of the Antheraea assamensis moth and can only be harvested twice a year, making it a rare and expensive fabric.

Another expensive fabric is vicuña wool, which comes from the South American vicuña, a type of wild camelid. The wool is known for its softness, warmth, and strength, and is considered as one of the rarest and most luxurious fibers in the world. The vicuña wool is harvested once every two years from the wild, which makes it a highly sought-after material. From muga silk and leavers lace to Japanese denim, and vicuña wool, we unraveled the stories behind the world’s most expensive fabrics and textiles.

Top image: Japanese kimono. Source: Take7 / Adobe Stock.

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Joanna completed a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) degree in Australia and published research in the field of Educational Psychology. She has a rich and varied career, ranging from teaching... Read More

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