Eri silk is known for its texture, warmth and softness. These scarves are perfect for cooler weather.
This kind of silk was introduced in Thailand as a development project to take advantage of an easily grown and readily available food for the Eri silkworms -- cassava leaves -- and to bring additional income to rural women and their families. The large white cocoons yield segments of silk filaments that must be spun by hand on spinning wheels creatively made from bicycle wheels. Some of our Eri silk scarves combine traditional, hand-reeled Mulberry silk with the handspun Eri silk; others are 100% Eri silk.
The Eri silk moth in the Vegan Silk Scarf we carry was allowed to fly out of its cocoon, making this a beautiful offering for those seeking "peace silk," "no-kill silk" or "vegan silk."
The Eri silk cocoons, which are usually cut open to remove the pupa (keeping the cocoon cleaner), provide an excellent source of protein and are eaten deep-fried or boiled with much enjoyment.