The Silk-Making Process

Written by Stella Gryler


Posted on September 30 2020

Have you ever wondered how, exactly, our cocoon silk textiles are made? Keep reading to find out!

The process begins with our farmers who collect seeds to raise native trees and plants that are the caterpillars' food source or "host plant". Caterpillars feed on the plants and after 5 stages of molt and development, they spin a cocoon to protect themselves during metamorphosis. The farmers collect the cocoons and remove and shelter the pupae until they emerge as moths. Hence, unlike most silk farming programs, our method is no-kill. Then, the farmers deliver cocoons to our artisans, where they are sorted and prepared for sewing. This step of the process includes cutting and ironing the cocoons to flatten them. Next, the cocoons are sewn together by hand to create our signature Wild Silk textiles. If desired, the finished textiles can be dyed with our eco-friendly dyes or made into other products.

Below you can find a step-by-step synopsis and pictures of the process!

1. Our farmers rear endemic silk worms on native plants that they have raised from seed.

rearing silkworms

2. Farmers collect cocoons using a special no-kill method, sheltering the pupae in a special structure until they hatch.

farmer with cocoonpupae house

3. Cocoons are delivered to our artisans, who sort and process the cocoons in preparation for textile production. This includes cutting and ironing the cocoons to flatten them.

sorting cocoons   cutting and ironing cocoons

4. Our artisans sew hundreds, or even thousands, of cocoons together by hand to make our signature textiles.

sewing cocoons into textiles   sewing cocoons into textiles

5. If desired, the finished textiles can then be dyed using eco-friendly dyes, handmade into other products, or both.

dyeing textiles



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