Handloom comprises one of the oldest industries in the northeastern state of Assam. It is known far and wide for its rich textures and designs. So much importance is attached to the industry that it is customary for every young Assamese girl to acquire the skill to weave, to qualify for marriage. Passed down from generation to generation, silk weaving skill has become a way of life for the Assamese people. In fact, the state even boasts of having the largest number of weavers and handlooms in the whole of India. The raw materials used in the handloom industry of Assam mainly include cotton, Muga or the Golden silk, Part or the Mulberry silk and Eri silk. Every handloom product created in Assam is unique and has no resemblance to the other. This is because the color and design sense varies from weaver to weaver. It is often said that the personality of the weaver is poured into his product. Images of birds, animals, and flowers are mostly embroidered on the traditional handloom products of Assam. However, today, the designers incorporate patterns and designs based on the demands of the market and by the taste of the newer generation. Handloom Research & Designing Centre at Guwahati supplies new designs and color patterns to the indigenous handloom societies in the state.