The Issue With Silk
by Sica Schmitz | Posted on October 08 2015
A brief history, just for fun. Silk has been used for thousands of years, originating in China and spreading throughout the world as a status symbol of luxury. It is created by silkworms, the most common being Bombyx mori. The silkworm pupae spins a fibrous protective cocoon around itself while it transforms into a chrysalis, before ultimately emerging as a moth. However, in traditional silk harvesting the chrysalis is killed before the completion of this process, being boiled in water to preserve the cocoon in order to produce the most usable silk.
It takes over 2,500 silkworms to produce one yard of silk, meaning thousands of silkworms are killed just to make one dress or top.
After so many years of selective breeding and domestication, silkworms are unable to care for themselves, being blind, unable to fly, and no longer having instincts to avoid predators.
But fret not, there are vegan options for compassionate fashionistas! Bamboo can be be used to create silky soft fabrics that has the feel of silk without the harm, like our Jonäno dresses.
To us, Ethical Fashion is about choosing the options that do the least amount of harm, and with so many innovative plant-based fabrics, it's easier now than ever.