While cotton is a natural fibre and is biodegradable, we are aware that unless it is recycled, organic or rain-fed cotton, it is not the most sustainable fabric option due to its heavy consumption of water and toxic pesticides. However, India is the second largest producer of cotton fibres, after China, and cotton based industries play an important role in sustaining the livelihoods of 40 to 50 million people directly or indirectly.
We face difficulties in procuring organic cotton yarn that is suitable to be used by our weavers on their traditional looms. As a new business, the inability to purchase organic yarn quantities in high volume is also an ongoing challenge.
We continue to research on fibres that have been sustainably grown and sourced.
The principal material in our creations is the Eri, Ahimsa or Peace silk. Eri silk is the local name of a non-violent silk that can only be found in the North East Region. Unlike other types of silk such as Mulberry and Tasar where the cocoons are boiled with the silkworms still inside, Eri silk is derived from cocoons after the silkworms have emerged. This cruelty-free nature has given it the names of Peace silk or Ahimsa silk.
A traditional skill, the cocoons are usually spun by hand into yarn which gives it a linen-like texture with a slight sheen. The silk is comfortable to wear, becomes softer with use and is ideal for day or night wear in any weather. But like any other silk it requires careful usage and maintenance.
Our handspun, handwoven and naturally dyed Eri silk sarees are a 100% sustainable option with a timeless quality that can be worn by anyone, anywhere.
India’s handloom industry is skilled in the development of dyes obtained from natural sources. For our Peace silk creations, our weavers use dyes extracted from indigo, turmeric, lac, madder, onion skins, along with many other indigenous plants to produce a palette of colours.
In cases where using natural dyes is not possible, such as in our cotton yarn, we use dyes that are free of harmful azo chemicals.