Eri silk is a natural fibre harvested from the cocoon of the eri silkworm. The eri silkworm is easier to keep than the mulberry silkworm (that produces common silk and feeds on mulberry leaves only) because it eats many types of leaves. Like castor, cassava and tapioca.
A big advantage of rearing eri silkworms is that castor, cassava and tapioca feed people as well. This means the weaving groups not only earn an income by selling silk, but also by selling these foods.
Just like the mulberry butterfly, the eri butterfly reproduces itself year round. However, the cocoon of the eri silkworm is much bigger than that of the mulberry worm. The mulberry cocoon produces one long silk thread. The eri cocoon produces many (shorter) threads, that are spun into a much longer one.
Eri silk has the typical quality of spun fibres. The somewhat irregular thread gives eri silk the look and feel of a mixture of wool and cotton, while it has the softness of silk.
Counting Flowers sells scarves made of 100% eri silk, handwoven by artisans from baan Tup Klai and baan Pha Na Sawan in northern Thailand. We buy the scarves from Fai Gaem Mai.
Care instructions for eri silk
You can treat eri silk the same way you do common (mulberry) silk.
Alpaca wool is soft, strong, light and warm. Alpaca’s produce fibre that is as fine as cashmere, and much warmer and lighter than sheep wool. More about Alpaca wool
Cashmere is the queen of wool fibres. Cashmere, also know as pashmina, is one of the most luxurious and rare fibres that exist. More about Cashmere
Cotton is a soft fibre derived from the seeds of cotton plants. Cotton is famous for feeling comfortable on our skins because it breathes and absorbs moisture. Last but not least, cotton is strong and.. More about Cotton
Linen is a beautiful fabric made from the stalks of the flax plant. Linen is much more laborious to manufacture than wool or cotton but is highly valued because of its beauty, strength and exceptional.. More about Linen
Lotus silk is a rare and highly exclusive fibre. The silk thread comes from the stem of a lotus flower. Therefore this fibre is 100% animal cruelty-free. More about Lotus silk
Merino wool is super soft and comfortable in summer and winter. More about Merino wool
Mohair is a soft and comfortable woollen fibre made from the long, curly fleece of the Angora goat. Mohair has a beautiful lustre and an elastic quality. It is therefore considered a luxurious natural.. More about Mohair
Sheep's wool has been used for over centuries and is well-known for its excellent insulating qualities. Sheep's wool is comfortably warm, fire resistant, water and dirt repellent, crease resistant and.. More about Sheep's wool
Because of its beautiful lustre and colourfulness, silk is a very stylish and very popular fibre. Silk is flexible and comfortable and has the unique quality to warm you when it is cold and cool you w.. More about Silk
Silk comes in different varieties. An important difference between common (mulberry) silk and wild silk is that the mulberry silkworms are reared on silk farms, whereas wild silk is harvested from coc.. More about Wild silk
Yak wool is soft, flexible, very comfortable and warm. Scarves and shawls made from pure yak wool are hard to find outside the Himalayan region. More about Yak wool