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Silk


 

Raw material



Eri silk is one of the most durable and strong fibres. It is cooling in the summer and warming in the winter. 


Eri Cocoons are open mouthed. They cannot be reeled into raw filament yarn, but are spun like wool.

 

Farming


The eri silk worm is mostly found in tribal areas of Assam.

The wild silk worm called Samia cynthia ricini is covered by its food, castor leaves in a tribal area of Assam.
Before spinning the eri silk cocoons, the moth has to leave the cocoon and a hole remains.

 

Spinning 


In Assam, there are various techniques of hand-spinning
used for the eri silk. Its yarn has a very
characteristic and ever-changing thickness.

Before the silk can be spun, the moth has to leave the cocoon. 
The empty cocoons are washed, 
boiled and dried and are ready for spinning.

 

Weaving


It is the most common loom in India and in Assam. 
Almost each household has one for personal use.

 

Dyeing