Situated on the north bank of Brahmaputra just 35 km from Guwahati, Sualkuchi is a weaver’s village famous for its silk weaving. It was called the Manchester of the East by the British. The village was declared a Handloom Heritage Village. It may soon become a rural tourism center under a UNDP project. The nearby Manas National Park (114 km) is a UNESCO World Heritage site and famed for its successful programme to breed the one-horned rhinos.
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Two types of silk namely the muga silk and pat silk from this region are extremely popular in the textile industry. The Mekhela chadors and Gamosas made from these textiles are quite renowned and in demand in the state as well as the country. The village of Sualkachi boasts of a high literacy rate (82%) in its population of around 14,200.
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