Eri Silk come from the worm 'Samia cynthia ricini' which is located in North East India and some parts of China and Japan. The word eri comes from the Assamese word which mean caster because the silkworm feeds on caster plants. There are many names for Eri silk in India such as Endi or Errandi. Some people also know it as 'peace silk' because it is allowed to escape from the cocoon and is thought to be a peaceful way for animals to live.
Wild peace silk come from the cocoon of a silkworm caterpillar. The type of silk used determines the name of the silk, price and the quantity. There is a very special way of preparing the cocoon so it can be made into silk. The silk worm creates a thick layer of saliva to keep it safe and also to keep the shell in one piece. When this process is completed the process of silk making begins. The shell is collected and unravelled to determine what type of silk it will be. The silkworms are kept in a safe environment and on a special diet so the silk is of the best quality. Wild silk is naturally rich and beautiful so as result of this the silk is rarely dyed or bleached so it is of the best quality.
Eri silk is a staple fibre unlike other types of silk. It is course, fine and dense which makes it a unique type of silk. Also it is a strong and durable material which means it will last a long time. Eri silk has thermal properties which means it is warm in winter and cool in summer.
If you want to see products made from Eri Silk, Avenue sells three types of Eri Silk Scarfs. They are made by an organisation in India called Mesh. If you are interested in purchasing these unique and beautiful scarves, click here.
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