How is peace silk different from conventional silk
I was putting off dyeing silk for ages because I couldn’t find right size kerchiefs that would align with my values. So I’ll tell you shortly about what I know about conventional silk and peace silk. If you have any insights please share, I hope we can learn together and build some more awareness.
Conventional silk is produced by silk worms that spun a cocoon around them, producing up to a 100m strand of fiber. Once the cocoon is formed and silk worms mature and ready to escape, they burn a hole through the layers of fiber and get out. Unfortunately silk threads get broken into shorter strands in the process. That’s why farmers harvest the cocoons before the worms escape and boil them alive, saving the silk.
This is how the most luxurious silk of the highest quality is made. But highest quality is not always the best. There is an alternative to this process. Peace silk is produced with cocoons harvested after the worms escape. It has the same luster and shine to it and for me the difference is so minor that it’s not worth it all.
Last month I finally found a supplier of beautiful peace silk fabric and they agreed to make it into lovely square kerchiefs for me. The squares are cut and sewed by hand locally, one hour south from Berlin, which is always a big thing in my process. I want to support local sewers and contribute to local economy.
I dyed a few colors already and I’ll show you the results soon. Here’s an example what you can do with a simple plant dyed kerchief, other than wearing it around your neck, on your head or around your ponytail.