Silk holds an important place in Indian culture. It plays a role in many religious ceremonies, weddings, and special occasions in general. Once reserved exclusively for the more affluent members of society, silk has now become more affordable and accessible to the common man. Unfortunately, as I have learned from personal experience, the common man is an easy target for counterfeiters. As a result of advances in textile processing, synthetic silk can be near identical in appearance to natural silk, and often, consumers like ourselves are not able to tell one from the other.