Handspun Eri Silk Yarn

$ 12.00

Truly a weaver's delight - Eri Silk - handspun specialty yarn.
Each ball weighs 1/2 ounce and contains approximately 44 yards.
Wonderful as a weft yarn, not appropriate as a warp yarn.

The yarn has a thick and thin quality giving texture to any woven piece.

It could also be used for knitting or crochet.

The Jain Buddhists refer to this as "ahimsa" silk, named after the principle of not harming any living thing. Many Westerners call this, and certain other types of silk raised without killing the moths, "peace silk". Because of the way the Eri caterpillar spins its cocoon, the silk cannot be reeled, so the moths are often allowed to emerge instead of being stifled. After the moth has emerged, the sericin is removed from the cocoon. It is fluffed out and spun by hand.