Friday, September 27, 2013

Organic Silk 101

No, no, no......I was not going to talk about that soymilk brand. Neither about Silk Smita. Nope. Nada. What were you thinking? wink, wink

I am going to talk about our favourite silk, which is an unique and one of the oldest fibres of the world, aptly titled as ‘Queen of Fibres’. After all, who doesn’t drool after silk and feel like a queen after wearing it.

So, when I came across this thing called ‘Organic Silk’, I was intrigued. We all know that silk is made from cocoons who live on mulberry trees. And we all know that organic means something that does not have chemicals. So, if silk is made from cocoons how can it have chemicals? Which means all silk is supposed to organic. Simple, isn’t it?

Turns out, nothing in this world is simple. silk is obtained from the cocoons of the larvae of the mulberry silkworm Bombyx mori, which is a caterpillar and not a worm!! Go figure. For more technical definition of silk, you can see it here

What exactly is Organic Silk?

While I was searching for information on silk production, I found few quite graphic representations, due to which I will not be able to look at my silk sarees the same way again (at least for some time!!). But mainly the process involves, rearing the moths in captivity and dissolving them in boiling water for extraction of fibre. 

I know, I know, you get it, so I will stop blabbering.

Well, the production process is what differentiates silk from organic silk. Organic silk is extracted when the silkworm is allowed to emerge from the cocoon naturally. Also the mulberry trees are not spread with insecticides or other chemicals. No synthetic additives are added during its manufacturing process. Organic silk is also dyed with natural dyes.

Other types of Silk

Vegan Silk or Peace Silk or Ahimsa SilkVery much like organic silk where the cocoons are allowed to hatch naturally

Raw Silk – Simply Silk that has not been chemically processed.

Pros of Organic Silk

  • Some claim that it has medicinal and anti-inflammatory properties. However no such research or study is there to substantiate it.
  • Since, it does not have chemical dyes, it is definitely going to help people with sensitive skin.
  • And if you are vegan, it is going to give a huge boost to your conscience.

 Cons of Organic Silk

  •  No Certification of Government regulation of Organic Silk.
  • Though available in India, it is very costly.

So that’s all for you to ponder about organic silk. Meanwhile, here are some awesome organic silk sarees from Jaypore Sarees to ogle.

While, I will see my silks and shed some tears (crocodile tears? Or maybe caterpillar tears?) till the organic silk become a little bit more affordable.

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  1. Wish they were affordable for me. :)

  2. Now for a Guy that doesn't make any difference but for a Female obviously Crocodile Tears are on the list.. :-P

    1. Thats true Harsha. Thanks for visiting the blog and reading.