Silk

Laos’ finest handmade material

The creation of silk is a magical relationship with nature. Silk thread comes from a silkworm’s cocoon, which is created and used as the temporary home for the worm as it develops into a moth. Silk has been cultivated and woven in Laos for over 1000 years.

There are two types of silkworms in Laos: the Eri and Bombyx Mori. The Bombyx Mori originated in China and eats mulberry leaves. This silkworm makes two types of cocoon: yellow and white. The silk filament is fine and smooth. The other type, Eri, originated in India and can eat a variety of plant leaves, such as castor, cassava and papaya, but not mulberry. The spun yarn is thick and textured, creating textiles that feel soft; almost like wool. 

Did you know that a moth lays up to 300 eggs? A worm lives for around 28 days, and grows to be 10,000 times its original weight. From being born to spinning their cocoon, a batch of 5,000 worms will eat around 80 kgs of mulberry leaves. We need 5,000 – 6,000 cocoons to make 1 kg of silk yarn. We need around 1,500 cocoons to make one scarf. And did you know that silk is the strongest natural fibre known to man? Once, silk was used to make parachutes, bicycle tires and even bulletproof vests!

Watch this video to learn more about how silk is made.

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Honeycomb Scarf

You'll love it because: Handwoven from lightweight silk, this casual scarf honours bees, nature's symmetrical designers, industrious pollinators and sweet gifters!

$57.00

The Silk River Tapestry Wall Hanging

You'll love it because: A tribute to the life giving force of the Mekong River. A geometric design inspired by tradition, it's woven by a master weaver!

Tai Muang Vintage Purse

You'll love it because: Made from upcycled Tai Muang vintage fabrics, the pretty coin purses are lined with soft cotton and have a cool leather strap.

$22.00

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