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About Ahimsa / Peace Silks

The Silk industry in India is over 2500 years old and India is the only country in the world, which produces the four different kinds of Silks: Mulberry, Tassar, Muga and Eri. As amazing as the creation of a pearl inside the oyster, equally incredible is the making of Silk by the tiny Silk worm. Continuous lengths of fine quality lustrous silk fibre, resulting in good weaving, is procured from intact or whole cocoons after boiling, steaming, fumigating and killing the pupae inside.

Eco- Friendly Peace or Ahimsa Silk goods are made from yarn derived from empty and damaged cocoons fromwhich the pupae have emerged as mature moths to breed, regenerate and complete their lifecycle. Shorter and coarser strands of Silk threads, the entangled outer flossy layer of the cocoons, their stems and other jumbled threads normally regarded as silk waste are mostly hand spun, hand woven and recycled into varied products such as scarves, mufflers, stoles, dupattas, shawls, saris and dress materials; besides home furnishings like curtains, cushion covers, bedspreads, throws, mats, runners and rugs in myriad colours and designs.

 

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Contrary to even surfaced and smooth textured regular silks, Ahimsa or Peace silks are normally heavy and thick, with slubs, knots and uneven selvedge. They are available as pure Tassar fabric or are blended with other silks, besides, cotton, wool, linen, viscose and banana fibre for softness, strength, variety and price. They yield to both chemical and vegetable dyeing and printing, besides embroidery beautifully.

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