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Cruelty-free Silk

This gorgeous line of handspun and handwoven silk products is created by an artisan society based in North India that employs handicapped artisans, to help provide them an avenue for financial independence and social acceptance. The silk woven by weavers is known as cruelty-free silk because silk worm cocoons are collected only after the moths have emerged, unlike in the production of most commercial silks. This results in a greater degree of fiber purity, emphasizing the natural luster of the silk. Artisans hand spin yarn, dye with low impact dyes, hand weave and hand tailor the products. Each of these steps support artisan livelihood. Silk fabric is woven on handlooms. The artisan carefully strings threads vertically upon the loom. He or she then weaves horizontal interlacing threads in decorative patterns. The natural tones and textures of the silk fibers are highlighted by the different weaves the artisan incorporates in his or her work. Silks are available in various beautiful patterns dyed with Azo-free dyes. Created in an eco-friendly environment, the only components of the process that use fossil fuels are heating the dye bath with gas and nominal electricity use for the calendaring process. Waste, dyed water is treated before being released into drains.

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