Organic tussar raw silk yarn. Natural colour. Beautiful felted texture.
Tussar silk yarn is produced from larvae of several species of silkworms belonging to the moth Antheraea. These silkworms live in the wild forests in trees eating the leaves of the tress they live on. Tussar silk is valued for its rich texture and natural deep gold colour. This particular tussar silk has a unique texture similar to a felted wool. It is soft and slubby.
Tussar silk is considered more textured than cultivated Bombyx or "mulberry" silk, but it has shorter fibres, which makes it less durable. It has a dull gold sheen as most of the cocoons are collected from the forest, it is considered by many as a forest product.
In conventional cultivated silk (mulberry) the cocoons are boiled with the larvae still inside, however if the cocoons are boiled after the larvae have left them, the silk made is then called non-violent silk, wild silk, organic silk and Ahimsa Silk. The Eri silk worm is one of them. Handspun in rural villages using ancient techniques. The production of this yarn has enabled women and families to use their existing skills in their homes providing work in the most poorest parts of India. No chemicals were used in the production of these yarns.
We sell this yarn in skeins of 100g approx which is approx 100 yards in length.
Knits similar to a DK, perhaps towards an aran weight.