During the production of Ahimsa silk– the silkworm (usually Eri or Tussar caterpillars) are allowed to live out their natural life cycle by eating their way out of the cocoon, the cocoon is then placed in boiling water to loosen the cocoon and then wound onto the spool. The difference apart from allowing the silkworm to live is that the fibers from the cocoon are naturally much shorter and are more difficult to make into silk yarn.
The Silkworm eating Mulberry leaves.
The silkworm cocooning themselves.
Hatched silk moths.
Sorting through the silk cocoons.
After boiling- these are the silk bundles- ready to be spun.
Seperating the spun silk yarn.
Silk yarn ready for dyeing.
Ready to use AHIMSA silk!
Maha Mala purchases two different types of Ahimsa silk. One is a machine spun Ahimsa silk (much finer and thread like) which is dyed using as free dyes (a chemical known to cause environmental damage) – the other type of Ahimsa silk is a hand spun, earth dyed (using organic dye found in nature) type of silk- this last silk is more organic looking, rougher to the touch and of course can’t be made into finer items like clothing!). See below the different between the two types of Ahimsa silk.
We here at Maha Mala are so very proud of the fact that we refrain from animal cruelty, that are able to advocate compassion and kindness in all forms, even if it means that our products cost slightly more. We believe life is more precious than a few dollars- don’t you?