Why we chose Peace Silk:
- Two key elements of conventional silk supply chains didn’t sit comfortably with us: the toxic chemicals used in production, especially in dyes which negatively affect the health of workers and the surrounding environment, and the boiling of live silkworms in order to extract a continuous fiber from their cocoons (1,2).
- Also known as ahimsa, or cruelty-free silk, peace silk is made without killing the silkworm in the process of extracting the filament. The moth emerges from the cocoon naturally, which results in the filament being broken into smaller pieces (3).
- Our silk supply chain organically produces cruelty-free silk made by artisans in India who are paid a fair wage. No pesticides or insecticides are used on the trees and they use a non-violent harvesting method for the cocoons. In addition to these practices the farm have implemented a GOTS approved degumming method (degumming is the process of removing the sericin or gum from silk yarn to improve the sheen, color, hand, and texture of the silk, a process which is usually chemically intensive), and use minimal water in a closed loop water system
- Project Cocccon is a modern form of rural cooperation. It has decentralized production, which allows the silk farmers, spinners, weavers etc. to work directly from their own areas rather than commuting. All these different units are well connected with centralized headquarters. The storage of cocoons, yarns and ready textiles situated at the headquarters.