In search of Vegan Silk

Silkworms feeding on mulberry leaves
Image source : CC BY-SA 3.0
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In search of sustainable fabrics such as silk and wool, we at Shanasaa found many vegan replacements. But are they truly vegan?
Our search led us to find that vegan replacement of silk are mostly synthetic fabrics like nylon, synthetic satin, art silk etc. Chances are that your most recent purchase of the “vegan silk” fashionable scarf is mostly plastic! #Fastfashion equals more plastic waste globally and is bad for environment and for us all.
The most “natural” version of silk is the traditional silk obtained from cocoons cultured on the leaves of Mulberry tree. The pupae are put into boiling water before the adult moth emerges and a whole continuous thread is obtained.
Now if you are not a vegan this probably will not disturb you. You will be happy with an all-natural product that will not pollute and can be easily dyed using low impact and even vegetable dyes. That gives you a shiny natural fabric & can be very much sustainable in terms of environmental pollution and yes fewer landfills.
Most people would be happy with the all 100% Pure silk.
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Hand crafted pure silk scarf
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But wait there’s more for the vegans amongst us. “Ahimsa silk” is a beautiful sericulture (culture of silkworms) technique that was developed to go completely nonviolent. In Sanskrit “Ahimsa” means non-violent so this type of silk is also called Peace silk. In this technique the silk is processed only after the moth has naturally left the cocoon. The moth on release then mates laying new eggs and the cycle continues. India produces some of the best Ahimsa silk from Bombyx Mori, a species of silkworm, and also several species of Eri moths. Ahimsa silk was invented by Kusuma Rajaiah, an Indian handloom senior technician in the year 1991. He wanted to create silk that would be aligned with his vision of living a non-violent & vegan lifestyle.

Can’t wait to get started with these vegan silks as part of our collections @ Shanasaa.

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