The yarn of love, or Ahimsa silk is the wonder fabric of the century. Silk was forever known as the queen of
fabrics, but with the rising awareness of the method of creation of silk, more and more people began to
question the cruelty of the fabric.
There are several types of silk worms which makes the world of silk so diverse for us. Amongst the many
worms, Bombyx mori is the most prevalently used moth species for commercial cultivation of the fabric.
In traditional methods of weaving of silk fabrics, the worms are cultured in closed areas and fed Mulberry
leaves. These larvae then feed on the leaves continuously, till they increase their body weight ten thousand
folds. While feeding, the insects exude fibroin (raw silk) and sericin (bonding gum). The substances harden
upon contact with air, forming the basic silk filament, which is a combination of two fibres held together by the
gum. The silkworm secretes fibroin continuously for about 1,000 yards, forming an oval nest or cocoon. But
the worms are is still alive inside the cocoon when they are immersed in boiling water to extract the yarn. The
main objective of the hot water wash is to kill the worm inside. After which, the silk yarn is spooled from the
cocoons, and hand spun to form a thread.
In India, non-violence or “ahimsa” is word we closely recon with. So when ahimsa joined hands with the queen
of fabric, something beautiful was created. The birth of Ahimsa silk is such. With Ahimsa Silk, the silk cocoons
are left alone for seven to ten days. Once the worms mature, they are allowed to hatch and fly away as grown
moths. Each cocoon is checked individually to ensure that the moth has escaped before the silk thread is spun
into peace silk.
In contradiction to popular belief, Ahimsa silk is softer than the cosmetically produced one. Not only does
Ahimsa silk propagate life, but the fabric produced from the matured cocoons have a better fall and is very
comfortable to wear. Unlike the normal silk, Ahimsa silk is airy and the fabric ‘breathes’.
Considering the increasing awareness of animal protectionism and conservation of nature through life, Ahimsa
Silk has seen a searing increase in its demand in the global fabric industry. But till date it remains a niche
product due to its exotic clientele.
Ahimsa Silk has propagated into the fashion industry since the recent years. Renowned designers and
couturiers are opting for this fabric of life, over viably available silk fabric. Premium fashion houses in the
country have chosen Ahimsa Silk as their fabric of choice, and Bhusattva was one of the first in the noble
transition. We believe life begins where you take the first step towards it. It is absolutely wonderful how an act
of compassion could turn into wearable piece of art. We present you with the yarn of life to bind love and the
beauty in one single thread.
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