Handwoven on bamboo looms
Dyed with harda (botanical name Terminalia chebula,) an Ayurvedic spice known for its medicinal properties
Dry clean recommended
Crafted by indigenous women weavers from Eastern India
Wrap yourself in the warmth and luxury of this beautiful, cruelty-free silk throw. Handwoven by skilled indigenous artisans, this silk is considered compassionate as silk worms aren’t harmed - unlike conventional silk extraction that involves killing silk worms in boiling water. Artisans handspin yarn from empty cocoons left behind by moths, then weave them on traditional bamboo looms. Some yarn is undyed while others are dyed with all-natural plant dyes. A low impact fabric, with no pesticides and little water required to rear silk worms, these throws add a warm, eco-friendly layer to your sofa or bed.
A Fair Trade product. Handmade by artisans in India.
How It's Made
This special silk known as cruelty-free silk (also known as Ahimsa or non-violent silk) is the most humane of all silk production practices. The cocoon is harvested after the silkworms turn into moths and vacate them. The rupture causes the long, continuous silk strands to be broken into several shorter strands. These are handspun on a spinning wheel and may have little nubs where two strands join. This process is highly valued, and offers a greater degree of fiber purity, emphasizing the natural luster of the silk. In contrast, in conventional silks, the silkworms within the cocoons are killed as part of the process.
The silk is woven on zidagar frame looms which are crafted from bamboo and other locally available materials.