Ahimsa silk

Our peaceful, 100% pure and organic silk comes from a sustainable source in India, certified with Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)

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Conscious ethical beauty

The very word "ahimsa" comes from Sanskrit and translates as "harmless". Ahimsa is an important ethical principle of the three main religions of the subcontinent: Jainism, Hinduism, and Buddhism. It is about not hurting other living things.

Ahimsa silk is produced on a very small scale as a cottage industry in India, and its production supports the local community of rural silk farmers (usually women), spinners (women) and weavers (women and men).

Silk Peace means: growing and producing silk without violence. It allows you to complete the metamorphosis of a silkworm into a butterfly, so that no animal has to suffer or die for fashion. Peace silk is produced according to the strictest social and ecological standards in India.

The breeding takes place in natural conditions. Trees on which silkworms grow are not treated with any harmful substances. To protect the caterpillars and leaves from other insects or birds, the entire tree is covered with a net, similar to a mosquito net.

As soon as silkworms weave their cocoons, they are kept in a safe place until the chrysalis emerges from the cocoon as a beautiful butterfly. This process may take 2 to 4 weeks. This particular method slows down production, but is the basis of the philosophy of peaceful silk production. Only when the butterflies leave their cocoons are they processed without the use of harmful chemicals.

Ahimsa silk is an alternative for people who care about animal life, for people who value the queen among natural fibers. Feel the most beautiful way to wear silk.

Your benefits and environmental benefits

  • Prevents wrinkles

Ahimsa silk has the same pH level as the skin on your face, so it does not interfere with its protective mantle. Maintains natural hydration and proper lubrication.

  • Cares for beautiful and shiny hair

Sleeping on a silk cover reduces frizz and cares for the ends of your hair, making your hair smoother and shiny every morning.

  • Hypoallergenic

Ahimsa silk is hypoallergenic and thanks to its fine weave it prevents house dust mites from passing through the pillowcase. Also contains sericin, a protein that prevents the growth of mites and mold.

  • No harmful
  • toxins

It does not contain any harmful toxins, toxic dyes and is 100% natural. Our silk is usually in a natural, non-color shade or dyed with natural plants.

  • Environmentally friendly

Products made of our Ahimsa silk are ecological because they are biodegradable and compostable. The way they are made is ethical.


Origin of ahimsa


The creation and commercialization of ahimsa silk is credited to Kusuma Rajaiah, a 60-year-old government official in Andhra Pradesh, India, who owns the patent and trademark of Ahimsa Silk. Inspired by Ghandi, Rajaiah applied his 40 years of cheese farming experience and the theories behind ahimsa lifestyle to silk making.

He discovered that it was possible to make silk without killing silkworms and started weaving ahimsa silk in 1990.In 2001, his company began selling silk and continues to gain popularity both in India and abroad


“The silkworm caterpillars build their cocoon by producing and surrounding itself in a long, continuous filament or filament. Liquid secretions from the insect's two large glands emerge from the spinning nozzle, a single outlet tube in the head, hardening on exposure to air and forming twin fibers composed of fibroin, a protein material. The second pair of glands secrete sericin, a rubbery substance that binds the two fibers together.

Silk is the continuous filament in each cocoon, with a usable length of approximately 600 to 900 meters (2000 to 3000 feet). It is released by softening the binding sericin, then locating the end of the fiber and unwinding or coiling the fibers from several cocoons at once, sometimes with a slight twist, to form a single strand. Several strands of silk, each too thin for most uses, are twisted together to produce a thicker, stronger yarn in a process called throwing, creating different yarns that vary depending on the amount and direction of the twist imparted. This is the only way to weave the most common type of silk fabric - which is smooth, delicate and shiny - and can be woven from mulberry, tussar or moga silk.

The production of Ahimsa silk is a humane alternative to this conventional silk production. It can be produced from any type of silk. In this method, silk cocoons are collected and processed only after the moths hatch the cocoon. The moth secretes a fluid that dissolves the hole from which it hatches, breaking the long, continuous filaments of silk into shorter staples. These shorter staples need to be woven together; just as wool or cotton staples are spun into yarns. The high-gloss silk was replaced with a thicker and more textured fabric.

From an economic point of view, ahimsa silk is about twice as expensive as ordinary silk. An additional 10 days is required for the larvae to grow into moths and hatch. Moreover, ahimsa silk cocoons give about one-sixth the volume of the fiber.

Types of silk

There are 4 main types of silk produced in India: mulberry, eri, tussar and muga.

  • Mulberry silk

From the Bombyx mori moth that feeds on mulberry leaves. Mulberry silk is a domesticated type of silk and accounts for about 90% of the world's silk production. 70% of this comes from China; India is the second largest producer in the world.

Both ahimsa silk and mulberry silk without ahimsa are commercially produced. The Ahimsa mulberry is produced by allowing the moths to hatch from their cocoons before harvesting. Therefore, ahimsa mulberry silk is woven silk, not fiber silk; which is very different in texture and gloss from "typical" silk.

Non-ahimsa mulberry, which represents almost all world production and is usually produced on a very large, commercial scale, is produced by boiling lava cocoons still in in the middle. Single, continuous filaments are pulled out of the cocoon to form very long filaments. Several of these fibers are twisted together and woven to make a very shiny silk.

Origin: In India, 97% of the country's raw mulberry silk is produced in 6 states: Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Jammu and Kashmir, Tamil Nadu , Bihar and West Bengal

  • Eri Jedwab

From the moth Samia ricini and Philosamia ricin. Eri silk, along with mulberry silk, is the only fully domesticated silkworm.The name "eri" comes from the Assamese word "era" which means "castor" because the silkworm feeds on castor plants. In India it is also called ahimsa, endi or errandi. Eri silkworms also produce red eri cocoons; it is unclear whether this is due to the diet of ficus citrifolia or to polymorphism.

All eri silk is ahimsa. Often ahimsa is used synonymously with the word eri, although the two words refer to very different things. Due to the very irregular, uneven spinning of the eri silk cocoon by the worm, it is not possible to produce silk fiber by boiling and drawing continuous single strands (as is the case with other silks). The cocoons are collected only after the moth has hatched. For this reason, it is popular with Buddhist monks. Since it is made of shorter staples, eri is always silk woven from yarns.

Origin: North, East and Northeast India (plus China, Japan and Thailand)

  • Tussar Silk

Of the genus Antheraea is a wild silk that lives in the forests of northern India. Other names are tussah, tushar, tassar, tussore, tasar, tussur, tusser and scythe.

Both ahimsa and non-ahimsa tussar are commercially produced. Ahimsa tussar is produced by allowing moths to hatch from cocoons before harvesting.

Non-ahimsa tussar, which makes up most of Indian production, is made by boiling cocoons with the moth still inside. Single, continuous filaments are pulled out of the cocoon to form very long filaments. Several of these fibers are twisted together and woven to create a shiny silk.

Origin: North and Northeast India (plus China, Japan, Sri Lanka)

  • Baltic Silk

From the trunk of the silk tussar cocoon that holds the cocoon to the trunk of the tree where the moths weave cocoons. Very rare silk produced on a small scale in India.

All balk silk is ahimsa. Since silk is produced from the stem and not from the cocoon, no silkworm is killed.

Origin (India): Northeast India


Caring for the world and the people we share it with is a life choice. The choice of Ahimsa silk is part of it. To enjoy all the health benefits of our fabric, you can choose it. This way you have the purchasing power to influence brands, producers and even livestock farms.

Source: Britannica Encyclopedia