How do I know if my silk is organic?

How to know organic silk

As silk is made by an organic process, silk spinning by silkworms, many consumers assume that all silk is healthy for you and that it is completely organic. One problem is, however, that there are no government agencies that regulate whether a piece of silk is labeled “certified organic.” In fact, after organic silk fiber is created, things are made to fiber which, in some consumer eyes, make the silk considered non-organic.

Some organic silk suppliers will help make the process more organic and ethical by using wild silkworms instead of the blind and helpless Bombyx mori silk worm. The resulting organic silks are known as “silks of peace” or “vegetarian silks”. These silks have a different texture to that of their cultivated counterparts. These organic silks will be a bit darker color cream when raw and do not accept natural dyes so easily.

Different types of organic silks different from synthetic

An organic silk made by semi-domesticated moths is called muga silk and is bred by muga silkworms. This silk is never bleached or dyed and is a natural amber color of amber. Muga silk tends to be more expensive than other silks. They are not considered ethical either because the silkworm is killed before it leaves the silkworm.

The eri silkworm creates a fine organic silk that turns almost white in color after it is woven. In this process, the worms are not killed but being wounded on reels.  The silk then spin like cotton in this process of creating this organic silk. This results in a silk that looks and feels more like cotton or wool.

One thing that makes a piece of silk more “organic” than other silks is whether or not silk was hand-knit. Hand silk is an important part of what makes silk a sustainable fabric in developing countries like India. In fact, more than six million people are employed in this industry. It is also good for the environment, without necessity of external energy requirements.

Organic silks are costly?

Healthy organic silk may be more expensive than synthetic fibers and certain people are known to have allergies to domestic silk, wild silk or both. Many of the allergies are related to the eating habits of the silkworm. In addition, organic silk that has not been disaggregated to remove serine protein from the fiber can cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals.

An organic silk can quickly become non-organic if the producers use synthetic dyes to dye the fabric. Most silk threads collect a lot of dye and, while they are bright in color, the chemicals in the dye can cause reactions in sensitive people. Some producers use organic dyes that can be considered organic. Unfortunately, just looking at the dye, one cannot be able to identify whether it is organic or not.

A wise choice will help

Some of the best of those organic silks come in their natural form, not dyed and are considered organic because of their lack of chemical dyes added to the fabric. Wild silks and organic silk that have been spun often will not stain and the consumer will be able to see that when looking at the fabric.

Take care that your “organic” silk is not of the weighted variety. Some manufacturers use the method of weighing the silk fabric by infusing the metallic salts into the fabric. Some of the metal compounds can be dangerous, including those containing lead, barium, tin and chromium. Weighted silk feels much heavier than silk without weight.

In the end, the consumer must decide whether the silk he or she is buying is organic enough for them. Those silks which are dyed or has more weight are likely non-organic. Fabrics that have retained their natural color or have been spun are generally organic and will generally be healthy for you.

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