Yarn Type: 100% Mulberry Silk Undyed 2-Ply Yarn 20/2
Yarn Weight: Lace Weight
Put Up: Twisted Hank
Yarn Length: Approximately 1,000 yards per 100 grams
Skein Weight: Approximately 100 grams Lace Weight to Fingering Weight
Production: Double Processed Spun into Yarn after carding and combing of silk fibers
Recommended Needle Size: 2 US | 2.75 MM
Care Instructions: Hand wash in cold water with very gentle detergent. Lay flat to dry.
- 100% PURE MULBERRY SILK YARN: Well carded, combed and worsted silk fibers are double-processed spun into 20 microns 2-ply mulberry silk yarn
- 1,000 YARDS LACE WEIGHT YARN: At 1,000 yards per skein, the strong silk fibers make mulberry silk yarn an excellent and economical choice for weaving; it is strong enough for warp and weft!
- KIND TO SKIN AND PLANET: No acrylic or nylon here! The organic, durable fibers feel so much better against bare skin than yarn made from plastics and synthetic ingredients, and they’re eco-friendly to boot.
- SOFT & SILKY: The organic, durable fibers have lots of sheen and feel soft, light and comfy on the skin. Perfect for lacy shawls
- HOW TO WASH & DRY: Although very strong, Mulberry silk is a soft and sensitive material. Hand-wash in cold water with gentle detergent, and lay flat (finished garments) or hang silk to dry (if not yet knitted) in a room with good airflow.
Read more about our Mulberry Silk Yarn
A sustainable luxury; Mulberry silk is without question the most luxurious silk available for purchase. Mulberry trees are native to China, Korea, Japan and northern India, the name “Mulberry” Silk comes from their role in its unique production process. Local farmers plant Mulberry trees and harvest the leaves for Bombyx mori silkworms to feed on. The slightly creamy off-white cocoons that these silkworms spin is transformed into a strong, yet silky textile known as Mulberry silk. One single cocoon can contain over a mile of silk!
Legend has it that the discovery of silk can be credited to an ancient Chinese empress, Si-Ling-Chi in the year 2640 B.C.E. While drinking a cup of hot tea under a tree, a silk cocoon fell from the Mulberry tree above landing in her warm tea. As she plucked it from her cup, the cocoon unraveled forming a long and beautiful string; what we know of today - as silk.
While silk became an enormous source of wealth and trade, the Royal Family never revealed the source or technique, the Mulberry Silk production process remained a highly guarded secret in China for the next 2500 years.
Our beautiful Mulberry Silk is grown, processed and spun by women in India. These Indian co-ops offer underprivileged women a chance to earn an income for themselves and their families and we’re proud to offer their remarkable products to you.