AHIMSA / PEACE SILK

STSC ECO-COUTURE, LUXURY TEXTILES.

 

STSC are proud to be working with eco-sericulture specialist to produce our Peace Silk, plus to have been selected by Lenzing Austria to be one of their exclusive wholesalers to sell their new luxury product TENCEL LUXE.

 

STSC have worked carefully to create these supply chains and believe that we are producing possibly the world’s most sustainable and ethical luxury fabrics.

 

SILK AND SILK BLENDS 

We source our silk from India where it is known as Peace Silk, Non-violent Silk or Cruelty free silk.  Central to our belief system, we are opposed to “regular” silk where the silk worm is boiled alive and toxic chemicals are used to de-gum the cocoon, our suppliers have created a modern form of rural cooperation where it’s important to them that they treat the worm, themselves and their environment with utmost care. 

 

By working as a co-op, the production is cleverly decentralised to allow the silk farmers, spinners, weavers etc. to work directly from their own areas. The different units of cocoons, yarns and ready textiles are then connected and stored at a centralised headquarters.

 

THE PEOPLE

The co-op follows a corporate social responsibility platform, where sustainable utilisation of manpower, ecology and natural resources work together.  The living standards of the project members are higher, where the weavers have a comfortable lifestyle and their children are attending local schools.

 

The women in the group are able to adapt their new professional skills allowing for social and economic self-dependency.

THE ENVIRONMENT.

There are zero pesticides or genetic sprays used on the leaves or host mulberry trees feeding the worms which often creates a double crop.  To create biodiversity, they have cultivated rice and potato along with the mulberry host trees. Ecologically, the entire region appears significantly greener than previous times.

 

During the silk farming stage, where they rear silkworms to produce silk, this occurs mainly in free nature and in some cases, indoors. To keep silkworms safe from harmful insects or birds, large mosquito netting are attached to protect each tree where the silkworms live and breed. In some cases, a Bio-Spray may be used.

 

SERICULTURE / SILK FARMING

Once the cocoons are ready they are placed indoors on a bamboo platform. In case of Tussar silk, the cocoons are hung vertically from the ceiling using jute strings. In approximately one week, silk butterflies (moth) hatch out themselves or in some cases the cocoons need to be pierced by well-trained staff to assist the moth.

 

Each cocoon is checked that its empty and is then forwarded to the degumming department. That is why the silk is known as Peace silk or non-violent silk.

 

PRODUCTION 

The process of eliminating “Gum (sericin)” and impurities from raw silk is known as degumming of silk. This is done by adding natural bio soap in the hot boiling water. Occasionally hydrogen peroxide is used to make different shades 3 of silk yarn uniform.

 

CERTIFICATION by REACH & GOTS.

The use of toxic metals during the degumming process of ´silk- weighting´ to make silk yarns heavier by including Chromium, Barium, Lead, Iron or Sodium magnesium is not permitted and completely forbidden in our production

 

Four out of our twenty power looms have been upgraded with solar powered motors. Spinning and reeling is completely processed either manually or with solar machines. This makes 70% of our spinning and weaving operation zero-carbon.

 

Four out of our twenty power looms have been upgraded with solar powered motors. Spinning and reeling is completely processed either manually or with solar machines. This makes 70% of our spinning and weaving operation zero-carbon.

 

Packing and storing of the product is mainly done with jute bags or reclaimed cardboards. Transport of cocoons or ready yarns to weavers in different areas of Jharkhand is done by public transport state roadways or Indian railway.  Water usage is minimised in our production process with reclaiming used water by filtering the old used water. Residue from cocoon degumming is used as compost for agriculture.

 

DYES - GOTS certified Eco-friendly zero impact digital printing.
 

We have 2 digital printing machines in our factory. Both are custom made printing system for peace organic silk. This German-Japanese combination is the best in sustainability. Inks are GOTS certified and of zero impact on nature and human skin.

This system consumes very small amount of ink, electricity and water. Our printing floor is made with zero-waste facility. Waste water from printing is recycled/ reused for further use through in-house bio-ETP plant.

PEACE SILK

Fibers spun after the silk moth has naturally escaped from the cocoon are known collectively as "Peace Silk", similar to the Ahimsa silk promoted by Mahatma Gandhi

 

Our Silk yarn made of short lengths of silk obtained from silk wastes, pierced cocoons or floss which gives yarn its characteristic brilliance.  These silks are spun on special machinery which in some ways is akin to cotton, as it can not be reeled. 

As per the information above, we have over 70 silks and blends from this co-op to choose from - SHOP the range and purchase sample books.

ERI SILK.

Eri silk (Assamese: এৰি ৰেচম) comes from the caterpillar of Samia cynthia ricini, found in northeast India and some parts of China, Japan, and Thailand.[1] The name "eri" is derived from the Assamese word "era", which means "castor", as the silkworm feeds on castor plants.  The eri silkworm is the only completely domesticated silkworm other than Bombyx mori.

One of the common names, the "Ailanthus silk moth", refers to the host plant. Eri silk is also known as endi or errandi in India. The woolly white silk is often referred to as the fabric of peace when it is processed without killing the silkworm. This process results in a silk called Ahimsa silk. Moths leave the cocoon and then the cocoons are harvested to then be spun.  

Wikipedia 

PEACE SILK

Fibers spun after the silk moth has naturally escaped from the cocoon are known collectively as "Peace Silk", similar to the Ahimsa silk promoted by Mahatma Gandhi

 

Our Silk yarn made of short lengths of silk obtained from silk wastes, pierced cocoons or floss which gives yarn its characteristic brilliance.  These silks are spun on special machinery which in some ways is akin to cotton, as it can not be reeled. 

We make Eri Silk, Tussar Silk and Gajji Silk fabrics.

gujji silk.

This is GAJJI Silk in Medium Indigo.  It is a blend of Organic Cotton and Peace Silk Blend woven using a satin weave.

tussar SILK.

TUSSAR SILK.

Tussar is wild silk which is produced from an unraptured cocoon. 

 

The silk cocoon is from the larvae of several species of moth such as Antheraea mylitta, Antheraca proylei, Antherea pernyi and Antheraca yamamai.

 

The insects mostly live in the wild on bushes and trees on which they feed.  A Silk yarn made of short lengths of silk obtained from silk wastes, pierced cocoons or floss which gives yarn its characteristic brilliance.

 

It is spun on special machinery which in some ways is akin to cotton