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Types of Peace Silk

Peace silk, also known as Ahimsa silk or non-violent silk, refers to any silk produced without harming or killing the silkworms.
There are four types of silk produced from different types of silkworms, which feed on various leaves and come from different environments grown on small family farms in India.

 

Ethical Kind Peace Silk, Tussar Silk and Mulberry Silk Cocoons
 Image: Tussar and Mulberry Peace Silk Cocoons

4 Types of Peace Silk

1. Tussar Silk

Tussar Silk is produced from larvae of the silkworms belonging to the moth genus Antheraea, including Antheraea mylitta, Antheraea pernyi, Antheraea roylei and Antheraea yamamai. These silkworms live in the wild forest in trees belonging to Asan, Arjun, Jamun. Once the caterpillar has spun its cocoon, they are collected from trees and hung vertically with jute strings from the ceiling in a temperature regulated hall until the silkworm's metamorphosis into a butterfly. Our collection of Organic Peace Silk clothing is made primarily from Tussar Silk.

2. Mulberry Peace Silk 

Mulberry Peace Silk is produced from Bombyx mori silkworms that eat exclusively mulberry leaves. They are raised mostly indoor in cottages, cocoons are all allowed to hatch and breed, and the silk is processed from the hatched cocoons. In some cases, the cocoons can be pierced or cut open to aid the pupa to come out. Our Organic Peace Silk Pillowcases is made from Mulberry Silk.

3. Eri Silk

Eri Silk comes from the worm samia cynthia ricini. Eri silk is a staple fiber, unlike other silks, which are continuous filament. The texture of the fabric is coarse, fine and dense. It is very strong, durable and elastic.

4. Muga silk

Muga silk, which is mainly produced by the Garo community of Assam, is obtained from semi-domesticated multivoltine silkworm, Antheraea Assamensis. These silkworms feed on the leaves of Som and Soalu plants and the silk produced from them is known for its glossy texture and durability.

Noil Silk 

Noil Silk is the short fibres leftover from combing or spinning silk. Noil silk makes for excellent texture in spinning and felting. Our Organic Peace Silk eye masks are made from Tussar Silk and filled with soft Noil Silk.