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Step into Sustainbability. Buy Ahimsa Silk

by Ratnabali Mitra 05 Apr 2021
Let's adopt Ahimsa Silk

Silk is one of the softest fabric available on the planet. Its breathable and comfortable making it an ideal fit for Indian weather. Silk is omnipresent in Indian ethnic wear. You find silk skirts, silk blouses, Stoles, Shawls and, of course, the opulent silk sarees. Its called the ‘Queen of textiles” because of its lustrous texture. But the process of silk production is rather cruel. The caterpillar that produces silk is boiled alive. 2500 worms are killed just to make a pound of silk. But, there is one variety of silk which is highly organic and sustainable. It’s production does not involve killing the silk worm. The worms are carefully extracted from the cocoons and the cocoon is then used to spin silk. The little worms are now free to turn into beautiful butterflies which lay eggs and give more cocoons. So, in fact, the worm is not hurt and you still get the silk. Hence this silk is popularly known as Ahimsa silk or Eri Silk. Cultivation of Ahimsa Silk/ Eri Silk is deep rooted in Assamese culture as well as in Meghalaya in India. Ahimsa silk is also cultivated in China, Japan and Thailand. Eri worms are discovered solely in South-East Asia. North-East India produces essentially the most Eri silk on the planet. Though some other locations of India produces Eri silk, Assam and North-East nonetheless produces round 95% of the full.


If you are not convinced as to why you should opt to buy Ahimsa Silk, lets tell you that Ahimsa silk /Eri silk has certain excellent textile properties, which are unique in many respects such as fineness, density, cross sectional shape, surface properties, which play on important role in determining the end use of the fibre. Eri silk/Ahimsa silk  is finer than Muga and Tasar,and softer than Mulberry.

Thermal properties:

 Eri is the softest and warmest among all the silks and possesses excellent thermal properties and offers tremendous blending possbilities with other natural fibres like wool, cotton, and linen.

A Small Water Footprint

Eri silk fibre is technically a waste in itself. After the worm becomes a moth, no additional resources are spent by nature in its making, apart from helping a life transition into another version of itself. 100% of the cocoon can be used to make yarns and, in turn, fabrics. It is in fact nature's very way of teaching us up-cycling.

Ahimsa silk does not have the usual lustre of traditional silk and as such its adoption is weak in India. But if you buy Ahimsa Silk in a small way from ArtEastri, you do take a noble step towards creating a greener environment. Also, when you buy ahimsa silk, you create livelihoods for many men and women involved in the rearing of silk worms as well as in silk production in the North East of India.

#Sustainable #Winter #Assam #Culture #Fashion #Bangalore #AhimsaSilk #Delhi  #BirthdayGift

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