Blend of cruelty free silk and mulberry silk
Hand spun and handwoven on hand looms
Crafted by physically challenged artisans from Northern India
Dry clean recommended
This special silk is created from a blend of cruelty free (Eri) and mulberry silk. Eri silk is considered compassionate as silk worms aren't harmed, unlike in conventional silk making, in which cocoon extraction involves killing silk worms in boiling water. Vacated cocoons are obtained after a patient wait for silk worms to metamorphose into moths. Mulberry silkworms on the other hand are domesticated and usually reared indoors. Silk threads are hand spun, then handwoven into this gorgeous piece!
Handmade by physically challenged artisans. This work provides training, employment and an avenue for social acceptance.
A Fair Trade product. Handmade by artisans in India.
How It's Made
Traditional techniques are used to create this modern and stylish collection.
Artisans spin yarn by hand, dye with low impact dyes, hand weave and hand tailor the products. Each of these steps support artisan livelihood. Silk fabric is woven on hand operated looms. Artisans carefully string threads vertically upon the loom. They then weave horizontal interlacing threads in decorative patterns.
Created in an eco-friendly environment, the only components of the process that use fossil fuels are heating the dye-bath with gas, and a nominal amount of electricity is required for the calendaring process. Dyed water waste is treated before being released into drains.