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Eri or Peace Silk

Eri or Peace Silks Fibres and Fabrics

Eri or Peace Silks Fibres and Fabrics

Our Eri silk comes from Meghalaya, a state located in Northeast India. Eri silk is also known as ahimsa or Peace silk. The cocoons are reared in village houses and the silkmoth is allowed to naturally emerge from the cocoon. No toxic chemicals are used in its production. The only ‘chemical’ that comes in touch with it is alkaline soap that is used during the degumming process. And the whole cycle, from silkworm stage to fibre, is very eco-friendly and sustainable too.

The Eri silkworms’ eggs hatch and become eri silkworms. After an about a month of feeding on castor leaves the eri silkworms go off food and start spinning their cocoons. It is magical to see how the cocoons form. A fuzzy, wispy, continuous strand is thrown out of the silkworm’s mouth. The silkworm moves its head vigorously in the shape of 8 during this process, resulting in an oval-shaped cocoon, with a hollow inside with just enough space for the silkworm to turn into a moth. In the photo you can see the moth pushing it's way through the cocoon leaving it’s home to lay eggs.

The second part is taken over by women where the silk yarn is spun from the cocoon. The empty cocoons are collected and boiled in soapy water to remove a gummy substance and are then flattened and dried. The fully dried flat ‘cocoon cake’ is ready for spinning into yarn. Eri silk yarn is either handspun, using a spindle, spinning wheel, or spun by machines in mills.

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Eri/Peace Silk Hand-woven Long Scarf - Medium-weight Natural - 80 x 190cm NEW (11 in stock) CONESS1 Eri/Peace Silk Hand-woven Long Scarf - Medium-weight Natural - 80 x 190cm NEW (11 in stock) Approx 80 x 190cm £34.99
Eri/Peace Silk Hand-woven Long Scarf - Natural with small woven design - 70 x 200cm NEW (8 in stock) CONESS2 Eri/Peace Silk Hand-woven Long Scarf - Natural with small woven design - 70 x 200cm NEW (8 in stock) Approx 70 x 200cm £29.99
Eri Silk Cocoon Cakes (Ahimsa/Peace silk) 10g NEW RSERIC10 Eri Silk Cocoon Cakes (Ahimsa/Peace silk) 10g NEW 10g £2.60
Eri Silk Cocoon Cakes (Ahimsa/Peace silk) 50g NEW RSERIC50 Eri Silk Cocoon Cakes (Ahimsa/Peace silk) 50g NEW 50g £10.50
Eri Muga Silk tops/roving (Ashima/Peace silk) 10g NEW RSMUGA10 Eri Muga Silk tops/roving (Ashima/Peace silk) 10g NEW 10g £2.80
Eri Muga Silk tops/roving (Ashima/Peace silk) 50g NEW RSMUGA50 Eri Muga Silk tops/roving (Ashima/Peace silk) 50g NEW 50g £11.25
Eri Silk long fibre tops/roving (Ashima/Peace silk) 10g NEW RSERI10 Eri Silk long fibre tops/roving (Ashima/Peace silk) 10g NEW 10g £2.99
Eri Silk long fibre tops/roving (Ashima/Peace silk) 50g NEW RSERI50 Eri Silk long fibre tops/roving (Ashima/Peace silk) 50g NEW 50g £11.99
Eri Silk Sampler Pack 3 x 10g NEW RSERIC30 Eri Silk Sampler Pack 3 x 10g NEW 30g £7.99
Eri Silk Sampler Pack 3 x 50g NEW RSERIC150 Eri Silk Sampler Pack 3 x 50g NEW 150g £33.00
Hand-loomed Eri/Peace Silk Light Weight Fabric by the metre 110cm wide NEW COERI65 Hand-loomed Eri/Peace Silk Light Weight Fabric by the metre 110cm wide NEW 110cm wide £24.95 metre m
Hand-loomed Eri/Peace Silk Medium Weight Fabric by the metre 140cm wide NEW COERI165 Hand-loomed Eri/Peace Silk Medium Weight Fabric by the metre 140cm wide NEW 140cm wide £39.95 metre m
 
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