KaviKrishna Muga Museum (KKM)

Vision of KaviKrishna Muga Museum : KaviKrishna Muga is a branch of KaviKrishna with a vision of reviving indigenous muga culture in rural Sualkuchi, Kamrup, Assam via the Indigenous Kamrupian Information Network (IKIN). Specifically, KaviKrishna aims to engage cancer patients of KaviKrishna Telemedicine care and local weavers of Sualkuchi. With that vision in mind, the KaviKrishna muga team has financially supported weavers in producing more than 40 pure muga thaan with the help of KTC patients. In September, 2019, the KaviKrishna Living Muga Museum was established in the Tantipara of Sualkuchi to revive this historic art.

Skill Development program : At the KaviKrishna Muga Museum, skill development programs are organized among the weavers , patient families and students.

Enhance the Muga work and Weavers via Patient Rehabilitation : KaviKrishna views native weavers to be precious artists. The patient/weavers families are encouraged to participate in KaviKrishna's IKIN project, where materials and equipment for muga thaan production are provided to the families, free of cost. Then, KaviKrishna buys the muga thaan they produce, using the market price. The muga is then donated to temples along the Vedic Silk Road. Through this process, the weavers are encouraged to come back to the muga industry and establish their independence. This method further rehabilitates the patients, not only financially, but also mentally. Their renewed cultural pride bolsters their sense of purpose as they come to see a future for their craft.

Research on Therapeutic Benefits of Muga : KaviKrishna has been working on muga’s roles in therapeutics. Research students of KaviKrishna Laboratory are working on mice models and human cancer cell lines to explore these roles. The students of local colleges are obtaining training in muga’s therapeutic role using mice model at mice facility of KaviKrishna through the training program

Academic and research plan on Muga : KaviKrishna would like to promote the significance of muga via the KaviKrishna Living Muga Museum and by engaging a few weaving families of Sualkuchi. Furthermore, KaviKrishna is developing a defined academic course on muga including the life cycle of the muga silkworm (Antheraea assamensis) and the production of muga thread. It hopes to give practical exposure to the process by collaborating with local colleges (SBMS College, Sualkuchi and Domdoma College, Domdoma).