Silk

Indian Mulberry Silk

Each state in India is like a seperate country, with unique and specialised foods, languages, traditions and crafts. Kanartaka (the state in which we started our L.M journey) is famous for its silks. It produces around 45% of the countries mulberry silk.

Dinesh runs the silk mill that weaves the silk that we use for our silk styles. Silk has been apart of his family business for a long time. In 1945 Dinesh’s grandfather moved to Bangalore and set up the silk mill that stands here today. 

It is passion that keeps Dinesh running the family business and working directly with him is so important to us. We have formed a relationship that allows for trust, transparency and honesty. 

He has been able to take us to meet his reelers and the farmers from who he sources his silk yarn. We have been able to have conversations with those people and put a face to the fabric. It's allowed us to have a deeper appreciation and respect for the fabric, acknowledging the many steps that go into creating this product.


Why we love silk


COCOON TO CLOTH


Our Thoughts on the Silk Controversy

On our journey to connect with silk suppliers we looked into less harmful ways and alternative fabrications. The traditional silk process involves boiling the cocoons with the silk worm alive inside. Adhering to our values of honesty and acting authentically, here is some of the reasoning for why we use silk and what we learnt along the way.

Ahisma Silk also known as peace silk is the process where the moths either hatch naturally or the cocoon is cut open to release the moths so that they are no longer involved in the production process. When cut open however, the quality of the silk can be compromised as one cocoon is unravelled to produce one strand of silk. 

We found out that there is no certification process to minimise the mistreatment of the worm or to monitor whether the moths hatch naturally, by force or if they are ready for hatching or not. The worms have been domesticated for thousands of years and for this reason some don't have the capacity to survive for long. 

There are many interesting textile innovations that use the by-products from plants such as corn, rose petal, aloe vera or lotus to create new textiles. When we did a bit more research we found out that there are many different methods to extract the cellulose fibres used to make textiles and that often the most economical form can involve an extensive chemical process.


Our Opinions


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