Silk Yarn Making Process

The group that produces our recycled silk and banana yarn is made up of Tibetan refugees, Nepalese and Indian women, ranging in age from 20 to 60 years old.  These women hand mix and hand spin silk thrums (The fringe of warp threads left on a loom after the cloth has been cut off) to earn a living wage to support their extended families.  Most work from home in small villages high in the mountains of Nepal.These women, whether working from home or in a provided safe working environment that offers child care and meals, work at their own pace. Earning a very good (living) wage, most of these women are supporting extended families of up to 20 people.  Through the sale of our recycled silk yarn and products made from it, we are able to enrich the lives of the artisans by paying a living wage, providing building materials and equipment (sponsor a family or donate items) and providing much needed medical care and educational grants.  We also provide no interest micro loans to weavers (of which only 75% has to be paid back). 

 A handwoven sari thread  raw silk remnants
 measuring the silk fiber  cutting the silk fibers into even stripes
 Cut silk fibers readt to mixed  Jun Mixing the fibers
 making sure the silk fibersline up for mixing  Mixing up the silk fibers
 mixing the silk fibers by hand  teasing the silk fibers to make yarn
 mixed and teased the silk fibers ready to make yarn  Spinng the silk fibers in srop spindle
 deatils pic of spinning silk yarn  showing how a drop spindle is used to make silk yarn
 the silk fibers formating the drafting triangle  twisting the silk fibers into yarn by drop spindle
 Raw Silk fibers & finished yarn on drop spindle  artisans maknig finished the yarns into skein
 the finished skein of recycled silk yarn