Wild tussar silk. Ahimsa silk.
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 gold colour.
Chunky variegated natural yarn has a fantastic and unusual raw texture. Tussar silk is considered more textured than cultivated Bombyx or "mulberry" silk, but it has shorter fibres and 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 25 yards in length.