Ahimsa RED Eri silk yarn. Peace silk yarn. Fine weight.
Red Eri silk yarn is super soft and rather extra special. It has a lovely pearly lustre to it and is amazing to knit with. It has a stunning natural reddish orange tinge because of the leaves the worm eats called Ficus.
Popular for baby blankets, shawls, wraps, dresses and hats because of its moisture absorbent quality.
Eri silk yarn is also known as peace silk or Ahimsa yarn. The silkworm breeding takes place under natural conditions and is not killed when harvesting the silk.
The production of peace silk yarn also allows the metamorphosis of the silkworm to a butterfly and the trees where the silk worm grows are not treated with insecticides or generic sprays. They live in the wild so to speak.
In conventional cultivated silk like mulberry silk the cocoons are boiled with the larvae still inside. If the cocoons are boiled after the larvae have left them the silk is then called non-violent silk, wild silk, organic silk or Ahimsa Silk. The Eri silk worm is one of them. The eri silkworm is the only completely domesticated silkworm.
These silk yarns are very rare due to the limited amounts of wild cocoons available as you will probably have worked out. They are also produced in small amounts each time.
100g skeins are approx 1000 yards