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Eri Silk (white) Roving/Sliver (A1 Grade) Wild Silk - 50g

Price: $23.50

The eri wild silk top, from India, is a lustrous white with a 3.5 to 4 inch staple length, 13.5 to 17 microns Our eri silk is as soft to the touch as a baby kitten!

There are studies that show pets help lower blood pressure. I think “petting” the eri silk fiber could do the same thing! Everyone has the same reaction--one touch, then “aahhh” followed by a wonderfully relaxed feeling. Keep a package with you as your personal ‘”stress-buster!”

The Philosamia ricini silkworm produces eri silk. This caterpillar eats the leaves of the Castor plan (ricinus communis) or Kesseru (heteropanax fragrans).  This caterpillar is mostly reared in the Assam region of India.  

Unlike the other silk worms that produce one continuous strand of silk while creating its cocoon, the eri silk worm starts and stops during the three day process.  This causes breaks in the silk strand, making it undesirable to reel the silk.

Eri silk has less sericin (the protein ‘glue’ that protects the silk and holds the silk together in its cocoon shape) than other types of silk, so the eri cocoon has a fuzzy texture.  Click here to see eri cocoons.

To process eri silk (or any type of silk) into roving, the sericin must first be reduced or removed—called ‘degumming.

Eri silk is less lustrous than bombyx mori silk, making it less popular with people seeking the traditional high-sheen of silk. 

The shorter staple length means it is slightly more difficult to spin than our other silks. The effort is worth it, as the yarn has a wonderful “hide-and-seek” shine-to-flat finish.

Treenway Silks has used the same silk supplier in Inda for over 15 years and he consistently delivers top quality.

50 Gram (1.8 oz) packages

Color:  natural soft-white

Silk handspun and handknitted by Diane de Souza

PEACE SILK? not really.
Silk
is an eco-friendly product.  

If you have past issues of SpinOff magazine, you might want to read Winter 2013, page 42, which has a terrific article by Karen Selk, founder of Treenway Silks.  She "myth-busts" many things related to "peace silk".  Here's the article's sidebar info:
  • Ahimsa silk is a patented term referring to an eco-friendly method of manufacturing spun mulberry silk
  • Eri silk could be peace silk, but most likely it is not, as almost always the pupa is removed for feeding people or other animals
  • Don't assume that because tussah, muga and eri silk are wild silks they are peace silks--muga and tussah are also reeled and the eri pupae are used for food--so check your sources.
  • The only true peace silk is made from cocoons in which the pupa has matured into a moth.  Most often this is for breeding purposes, and the quantity of this type of silk is very small.
  • The caterpillars produced from the eggs resulting from all the matings from unstilfed cocoons (200 to 500 eggs per moth) would not have enough food and they would die from starvation and neglect.
  • Sericulture is a sustainable, renewable, environmentally friendly resource that gives million of rural people a healthy, family-oriented lifestyle.
Treenway Silks views the entire silk eco-system and what that means (see the last bullet above), so we choose not to seek out and carry "peace silk", the origins which seldom can be substantiated.

 


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