A hand reeled and handwoven wild silk with chunky slubby yarns in its gorgeous natural golden beige colour.
Price is per metre. Multiple quantities will be cut in a continuous length. Note: When "cut metres" are showing as out of stock, this means the fabric is not currently available in our UK warehouse, but we may be able to dispatch small orders directly from our weavers, please email to enquire: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tussah silk is wild silk that is typically gathered in the jungle from cocoons of wild silkmoths, thus wild silk can be considered organic, as almost all wild silk is wildcrafted. Due to the way the worms have been left to roam, and the way the fabric is hand reeled and hand woven, it is top quality and is stronger than conventionally cultivated silk. We love the texture of this tussah for use in jackets and coats, upholstery and homewares, and can offer something special for curtains and pelmets. It is wider than you normally find for hand woven silks too, so that's a bonus for your projects!
The nature of the wild hand reeled yarn gives this fabric real character from the gradient of coffee hues, as well as how it is specially woven. The warp is a finely spaced raw reeled Tussah yarn, while the weft is a chunkier more softly spun yarn pulled straight out of the cocoons by hand.
Note that there is an estimated 2% shrinkage in the weft and 10% shrinkage in the warp (length) so add to your order accordingly.
Produced as part of a local government-sponsored project, benefiting the impoverished hill tribe people of the highlands in Southern India, this wild silk is cultivated using techniques consistent with Organic Cultivation Standards. It has been hand woven on small looms built into the cottages of traditional village weaver families. 100% natural, it means that no additives, bleaches or finishes have been used - better for people and planet. For the silkworms, organic standards mean that they are left to feed on natural oak trees. When it comes to peace silk, the moth has been allowed to complete it's full transformation, emerging from the cocoon alive and able to continue with mating. Wild or "tussah" silk comes from the cocoons of worms that have been naturally collected, and where the wild moths may have emerged pushing the silk aside, the method of "muga" hand reeling allows all of the silk to be carefully harvested.
Silk is biodegradable (in the right anaerobic conditions) so at the end of its life can be composted. Silk is also an incredibly strong fibre that will last for a very long time anyway, so along with non-certified organic cultivation and processing, this fabric is beneficial to the land before and after its production. This particular textile is natural in colour, being undyed and unbleached.
To care for your product:
We recommend that you eco dry clean or hand wash this fabric. Use a mild detergent, or even none at all to keep it fresh and light throughout its life. Machine wash on a gentle cycle, with mild soap and warm water. If you're making delicate items, it is often beneficial to wash these items within a drawstring bag to prevent too much agitation and wear on the fabric. For any upholstery or homewares, it is best to wash beforehand due to the shrinkage in the length.
Tumble dry on low heat, though we recommend air drying to ensure longer lasting items. You can also iron dry from a barely-damp state on the "wrong" side, which can also help with creasing. Never use bleach. Always test a small swatch or section of the garment before sewing if in doubt or creating for a brand.
Blinds, Bridalwear, Curtains and Pelmets, Dresses, Embroidery, Gowns, Hand Sewing, Handkerchiefs and Napkins, Homewares, Jackets & Coats, Machine Sewing, Millinery, Scarves & Shawls, Summer Clothing, Tableware, Tops & Tunics, Wedding
We offer a tiered discount on 25 metres and up with a short lead time. Please enquire on email@example.com.
The cost of swatches can be refunded off any wholesale order.
100% Reeled Tussah Silk
Country of Origin:
See above up to 10% warp
Animal Cruelty Free, Azo-Free, Fair Wage, Low Energy, Low Water, No Finishes, No Genetically Modified Crops, Organic (Uncertified), Supports Local Communities, Sustainable, Unbleached, Undyed