Silk is one of the strongest and most versatile natural fibres. It is cooling in summer and warming in winter. The silks I use are produced by four different silk moth species:
Golden silk from muga and tussah silk moths (Antheraea spp).
Velvety soft and fluffy off-white silk from eri silk moths (Samia ricini).
Brilliantly white silk from mulberry silk moths (Bombyx mori).
The women of Meghalaya make my eri, muga, and tussah silk yarns. The trade of eri silk between Meghalaya and Germany is supported by the project “Climate Change Adaptation in North Eastern Region” to improve the living conditions of impoverished Meghalaya smallholders and families. Producing and weaving eri silk is a longstanding tradition in Northern India.
Cashmere, Yak and Baby Camel
These rare luxury fibres are among the finest, lightest and warmest of all animal fibres.
COMING SOON: Mongolian Cashmere, Yak, and Baby Camel. Traditional herders in Mongolia provide me with these luxury fibres that are heritage and lifeblood of the Mongols. Climate change and volatile price changes of cashmere make this centuries-old nomadic life in the Mongol steppes even harsher. I’m purchasing my fibres through the Green Gold Ecosystem Management Project – an initiative that helps herder families develop better and more sustainable practices.
Merino has all the things you want in fabric: it’s breathable and regulates the body temperature, it’s soft as a cloud and warm even when slightly wet. Although not as strong as silk, it is just as versatile.
COMING SOON: Ethical merino from a small farm in Tasmania. At a fibre count of 17 micron this superfine “saxon” merino wool is the calibre of wool used in the finest of Italian men’s suiting, and gives an amazing softness and handle to the yarn. NewMerino ® Chain of Custody certifies the sustainability and traceability of this yarn. No sheep on this farm has ever been mulesed or got its tail docked.
I am in the process of moving away from my main yarn supplier to purchase directly from smallholders.
The cotton I (very occasionally) work with is produced by African smallholders within the Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) initiative. Cotton plays a key role in fighting poverty and makes a major contribution to food security in many countries of sub-Saharan Africa. The CmiA initiative aims to improve the living conditions of African smallholders and promote environmentally friendly cotton production.