THE ORGANIC SILK STORY
GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard)
Hand-woven, organic, eco-friendly… these words are tossed around in the fashion circuit like never before! ‘Organic’ cannot be a mere marketing jargon. It involves steadfast commitment. She is proud to be among the very few designers recognized and certiﬁed by GOTS (Global Organic Textile standard), a supreme body in the U.S that lends maximum credibility to a product for being ‘Organic’, after complying with a severe set of stringent rules. The process from end to end is completely ‘Organic’ starting from sourcing, transporting, processing, tagging, stocking and packaging!
What is Organic Silk?
Organic Silk: A SUSTAINABLE AND NON-VIOLENT ALTERNATIVE
The appeal of our textiles is universal, and if this fine silk is obtained in the ‘organic’ method without killing any silkworms, it is simply incredible! This wonder eco-fabric is called Eri silk or the non-violence fabric. It also comes in varieties of Tussar and Ghicha.
Regular silk is produced from cocoons by killing thousands of silkworms by dropping them into boiling water, before they can metamorphose into moths. By preventing the moths from chewing through the cocoons to escape, the continuity of the fiber is maintained, leading to very fine silk.
Organic silk culture is a forest based industry and the yarn is produced in a completely untouched natural environment as the silkworms are reared outdoors on live trees of Aasan, Arjun & Sal and they do not feed on plucked leaves.
“Organic silk” is produced from the cocoon from which the silk moth is naturally released. This exposure to nature results in its truly multi-tonal look, which cannot be duplicated by machine made fabric making it a truly wild silk. This piercing of the cocoon results in many pieces of yarn (instead of one continuous thread) which then must be spun together to make a single thread. This process makes it more expensive than Regular silk.
“Non-violence is a quality not of the body but of the soul”
These natural silks are made by a collaborative venture of tribal silkworm reares, poor rural women who make yarn, and handloom weavers in the hinterlands of India. It provides employment to the disadvantaged groups, living in remote areas, and enables self-dependence and better living standards to these underpriviledged groups.