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Fibre Intro: Silk

Renowned for its luxury and fluidity, silk is produced from cocoons spun by silkworms. Silk can be woven, knitted and dyed, and has thermal and wicking properties, making it good for use in underwear and base layers. Silkworms are typically farmed on mulberry leaves, producing cocoons made of one single filament up to a kilometre in length. The smoothest silk derives from ‘reeling’ the filament in one unbroken piece. More textured silks are produced when the filaments are discontinuous. ‘Ahimsa…

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