This section is from the "A Complete Dictionary of Dry Goods" book, by George S. Cole. Also available from Amazon: A complete dictionary of dry goods and history of silk, cotton, linen, wool and other fibrous substances,: Including a full explanation of the modern processes ... together with various useful tables.
India Silks. Among the many varieties of silks manufactured in India, five may be more especially designated as entering more or less extensively the markets of the United States. India silks are classed as the "cultivated" and the "wild." Among the former are imported the Corah, Mysore, Nagpore and Rumchunder; and from the latter category, or "wild" silks, the Tusore, otherwise called Tusah and Tusar. The Kin-cobs are satin textiles decorated with designs in gold flowers and are employed for ladies' skirts; the Mushroos have a surface of silk, but a cotton back, and are decorated with loom embroidered flowers. The silk brocades are very beautiful, being manufactured at Trichinapoly. The most costly examples of these brocaded India silks are massively embroidered with gold and with silk stripes; the costliest of all, being produced at Hyder-bad, are very striking in appearance, having wavy stripes of rich yellow pink and a white combined with gold. Silk stuff manufactured for trousering for home wear is said to be produced of the slightest texture, nine yards of some of which would scarcely weigh as many ounces.