The Story of Silk

21st April 2021

According to Chinese legend, Empress His Ling Shi was the first person to discover silk as a weavable fabric in the 27th Century BC.

It is said that she was sitting under a Mulberry tree where a cocoon fell in to her cup and began to unravel.

There is a huge array of different silk on the market but I’d like to talk about the silk we use for my lampshades which is Peace Silk.

Peace Silk is a gentle way to produce silk where no silk worms die to produce the silk.

We believe that no animal or insect should be harmed in the making of our products so we use Peace silk, which is a kinder way to produce silk.

The silk is manufactured under the most stringent social and environmental standards in India.

The silkworm breeding takes place under the most natural conditions. The tree’s where the silk worms grow aren’t treated with fungicides, insecticides or genetic sprays.

To protect the caterpillars and leaves from other insects or birds, the entire tree is covered with a net, similar to a mosquito net.

Once the silkworms have spun the cocoons, they are kept in a sheltered place until the pupae hatches out of the cocoon as a beautiful butterfly. This process can take 2 to 4 weeks. This particular method slows production, but is fundamental to producing silk non-violently. Once the butterflies have left their cocoons, the cocoons are processed without the use of harmful chemicals.