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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, and 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 start spinning their cocoons, and Ii is magical to see how they form. A fuzzy, wispy, continuous strand is thrown out of the silkworm’s mouth and the silkworm moves its head vigorously in the shape of 8 during this process. This results 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. Our Eri silk scarves and fabrics are woven on hand-looms.

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Indian hand-loomed Eri/Peace Silk with Cotton Warp Natural by the metre  NEW COESCN Indian hand-loomed Eri/Peace Silk with Cotton Warp Natural by the metre NEW 113cm wide £17.50 metre m
Indian hand-loomed Eri/Peace Silk with Cotton Warp White by the metre NEW COESCW Indian hand-loomed Eri/Peace Silk with Cotton Warp White by the metre NEW 120cm wide £17.50 metre m
Indian Hand-loomed Eri/Peace Fine Glazed Silk by the metre NEW COESGF Indian Hand-loomed Eri/Peace Fine Glazed Silk by the metre NEW 105cm wide £29.99 metre m
Indian Hand-loomed Eri/Peace Raw Tussah Silk by the metre NEW COESTR Indian Hand-loomed Eri/Peace Raw Tussah Silk by the metre NEW 138cm wide £39.99 metre m
Indian Cream Eri/Peace Silk Hand-Loomed Long Scarf - 15 momme/77gsm - 68 x 190cm ERI CONESS1 Indian Cream Eri/Peace Silk Hand-Loomed Long Scarf - 15 momme/77gsm - 68 x 190cm ERI Approx 68 x 190cm £29.99
Eri Silk Cocoon Cakes (Ahimsa/Peace silk) 10g RSERIC10 Eri Silk Cocoon Cakes (Ahimsa/Peace silk) 10g 10g £2.60
Eri Silk Cocoon Cakes (Ahimsa/Peace silk) 50g RSERIC50 Eri Silk Cocoon Cakes (Ahimsa/Peace silk) 50g 50g £10.50
Eri Muga Silk tops/roving (Ashima/Peace silk) 10g RSMUGA10 Eri Muga Silk tops/roving (Ashima/Peace silk) 10g 10g £2.80
Eri Muga Silk tops/roving (Ashima/Peace silk) 50g RSMUGA50 Eri Muga Silk tops/roving (Ashima/Peace silk) 50g 50g £11.25
Eri Silk long fibre tops/roving (Ashima/Peace silk) 10g RSERI10 Eri Silk long fibre tops/roving (Ashima/Peace silk) 10g 10g £2.99
Eri Silk long fibre tops/roving (Ashima/Peace silk) 50g RSERI50 Eri Silk long fibre tops/roving (Ashima/Peace silk) 50g 50g £11.99
Eri Silk Sampler Pack 3 x 10g RSERIC30 Eri Silk Sampler Pack 3 x 10g 30g £7.99
Eri Silk Sampler Pack 3 x 50g RSERIC150 Eri Silk Sampler Pack 3 x 50g 150g £33.00
 
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