The Silk-Making Process•
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.
2. Farmers collect cocoons using a special no-kill method, sheltering the pupae in a special structure until they hatch.
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.
4. Our artisans sew hundreds, or even thousands, of cocoons together by hand to make our signature textiles.
5. If desired, the finished textiles can then be dyed using eco-friendly dyes, handmade into other products, or both.
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