Ahimsa Silk: Silk Saree without killing a single silkworm

We have seen many protests worldwide against the use of leather products. However, surprisingly, there hasn’t been much resistance against the use of silk garments, especially considering the fact that thousands of silkworms are killed in order to make a small piece of fabric. Kusuma Rajaiah, of Hyderabad, has come up with an initiative to produce silk without the killing of silk worms.

Making a Difference - Ahimsa Silk

Making a Difference - Ahimsa Silk

In this article at Outlook India, Mythily Ramachandran writes about Kusuma, who started this ahimsa way of producing silk when he was approached by Janaki Venkataraman, wife of former President R. Venkatraman. Mrs. Venkatraman asked Kusuma if he had any saree which had not resulted in the killing of any silkworms. This led Kusuma to investigate whether silk could be produced without deliberate killing of the worms.

 

How did he achieve this?:

Silk comes from the cocoons of the silk worm (bombyx mori). In the silk industry, cocoons are killed by steaming or dropping them into boiling water when they are ten days old, before they metamorphose into a moth.

The silk is believed to be the finest at this stage. This is preferred because when the cocoons open naturally at one end, to release the moth, the continuity of the fibre is lost. But maybe not, thought Kusuma.
He purchases cocoons from mulberry farms in Chittoor district. The yellow coloured cocoons are reared in large cane baskets at his residence in Hyderabad. The moths emerge after 8-10 days, piercing the cocoon at one end. “The adult moths have a short life span of four days. During this time they mate and die naturally,” Kusuma explains. The pierced cocoons are spun into yarn. This is then woven into fabrics. Weavers of Nalgonda and Ananthpur district of Andhra Pradesh produce dhotis while fabrics, including saris, are woven by the weavers of Karimnagar district. “All my products are done on handlooms and benefits several weaver families,” says Kusuma. Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi, he calls this silk ahimsa. While ahimsa silk may lack the shine of regular silk, it is comfortable to wear. It’s also wrinkle-free and has a better fall. 

You can read the entire article here.

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  • http://elitefoods.blogspot.com/ viki xavier

    Since my marriage I didn’t buy any silk sari because of this ahimsa thought. Great to know about this ahimsa silk. May I know where I can purchase this sari in Madras or USA or Online?
    Kindly let me know soon.
    Thanks and regards,
    Viki Xavier.

  • Vijaya Lakshmi

    Please give us the address where ahimsa silk sarees are available. we want to purchase one or two and also publicise this new concept among our friends and relatives. Please do give us his phone no. r address. I am in search of these ahimsa silk sarees since a year.

  • Vijaya Lakshmi

    Please give us the address where ahimsa silk sarees are available. we want to purchase one or two and also publicise this new concept among our friends and relatives. Please do give us his phone no. r address. I am in search of these ahimsa silk sarees since a year. with regards and anxiously waiting for reply. Vijaya.

  • M ARIF

    Please give me your address.

  • neha

    i found good ahimsa silk sarees at chennai in nallis in (t nagar)…..it is the new nallis shop opposite pothys…..

    i am luking for it in bangalore as well…

  • vineetha

    Can anyone help to find a store in Kerala or Bangalore, where I can buy Ahimsa Silk Sarees? I greatly appreciate your answers.
    Thanks
    Vineetha

  • vidya

    Please let me know where we can buy ahimsa silk sarees in bangalore. i have not bought a single silk saree till now because i am in search of ahimsa silk sarees only. i need to buy now for my marriage. Kindly let me know soon..
    thanks a lot
    regards
    vidya

  • Harsha Joshi

    Please let me know where can I order ahimsa silk fabric and sarees? I am based in Pune. Please give me the contact numbers and address

  • hok

    Please inform me where I can buy a ahimsa sarees

  • Bebo Saini

    perfect 

  • http://www.straightline.in/ Dipanjan Roy

    This is great, making silk without killing silkworm. Now women will be more happier than ever wearing a silk saree. An Indian woman is best defined when she is in a saree. she cannot look more gorgeous in any other outfit. Indian women are always pictured in a saree great poets. Thanks for sharing this post. i will be looking for some more interesting posts like this from you.

  • http://www.straightline.in/ Dipanjan Roy

    This is great, making silk without killing silkworm. Now women will be more happier than ever wearing a silk saree. An Indian woman is best defined when she is in a saree. she cannot look more gorgeous in any other outfit. Indian women are always pictured in a saree great poets. Thanks for sharing this post. i will be looking for some more interesting posts like this from you.

  • Schoonatuna

    What happens to the eggs once they are hatched? What about the little caterpillars?

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