Posts tagged ‘silkworms’

Silk Series: Peace Silk

“Piccadilly” silk from Ahimsa Peace Silk It takes around 3,000 silkworm cocoons to produce one pound of silk fabric, which translates to death for millions upon millions of silkworms each year. Or does it? There is a mini-industry of “peace silk,” also known as “vegetarian silk,” which claims to allow the silkworm to live its [...]

Silk Series: Dupioni

There are a large handful of variations of the word “dupioni”: douppioni, doppione, duponi, dupion … and probably others. I’m going to run with “dupioni” just because that’s what seems to be the most common. Whatever your preferred spelling, they all refer to a type of silk made from double cocoons. Many sources say that [...]

Silk Series: About Silkworms

For the cotton-centered sewist, silk tends to be the most mysterious and daunting of fibers. I’ll try to demystify silk for you in a series of posts this week. Like previous series on rayon and linen, I’ll talk about how the fabric is made, different weaves and knits, and sources for buying yardage. Today: all [...]