Let’s admit it! Cotton seems out-and-out, and elegance comes with silk – it is a general perception of all of us unless you are pretty aware of sustainability. Once you learn about sustainability and try to be eco-friendly, your clothing goes through a significant change along with your dietary habits. For diet, you can get multiple vegetarian and vegan substitutes. But fashion? What is the substitute for the elegance of silk? Seems depressing? Is it the only thing that holds you back from adopting sustainability?
Here, we come up with a solution to this! Yes, it is possible to stay sustainable without ruining your sense of fashion because there is vegan or ethical silk. Take a look at the following section to know more:
What Is Ethical Silk? How Does It Get Produced?
Before knowing about ethical silk, we must know about commercial silk, which is generally used for mass-producing fashionable outfits worldwide. Commercial silk comes from Mulberry silkworm, which actually dies at the time of extracting the strand of silk.
Let’s get into more detail. Just as we have learned the lifecycle of a butterfly, the silkworm too has a similar lifecycle. The silkworm forms a cocoon and stays there until they become a moth. The cocoon itself is the source of silk, and it gets boiled before the moth flies away. Yes, the moth gets boiled alive as it breaks the cocoon to get out, which will eventually break the long strand of silk.
That’s a sad story indeed, but there are ethical ways of extracting silk too. There are a few variants of silk that are extracted ethically. Here are a few types of ethical/vegan silks you can use as the alternatives of natural silk:
Here, the manufacturers allow the silkworm to complete its lifecycle and fly out of the cocoon by breaking it. The fiber is extracted without harming them. As the cocoon gets damaged, the long strand of silk cannot be collected, and it looks slightly different. This is 100% organic silk, and VANYYA is working with this. Peace silk is also known as Ahimsa Silk, or as we like to call it, Wild Silk. Our silks are made from the broken cocoons where the moth gets to live a full, and hopefully, happy life. These silkworms thrive in the wild and not just on mulberry leaves. Once they leave their cocoons, our artists collect those small broken bundles of silk and turn them into masterpieces.
Art silk is obtained by extracting fiber by processing bamboo. It is also called bamboo linen. It is processed in two ways, one being mechanical and the other chemical. We, at VANYYA, do not endorse the chemical process; however, it is more economically viable and can be produced at a larger scale in a short period of time.
The mechanical process is time consuming and involves the fibrous part of the bamboo plant being crushed, and enzymes are used to break them into a mushy mass. This is then scraped out and spun into fiber. Bamboo fabric made from this method is often called bamboo linen, but can also have the texture of raw silk.
Chemically, bamboo 'silk' feels like modal or rayon and not entirely silk. Bamboo leaves and its shoots are cooked in strong chemicals, the process is called hydrolysis alkalization, causing extreme harm to the environment.
Since the mechanical process is exhausting, art silk comes at a higher price and cannot necessarily be considered affordable. However, vegans prefer art silk and follow the life of sustainability, and prefer this fabric over natural fabric that comes from silkworms.
Lotus silk is highly preferred for commercial purposes, and it is incredibly unique and looks superior. The Lotus flower’s stems are split after the blossoms are cut. Textile makers use these stems into luxe textiles, barring it from getting wasted. Some 6,500 lotus stems are required to make a single length of handwoven cloth, which is an extremely demanding and costly process. Lotus silk provides soft, fine, breathable attires which hardly wrinkle giving it a very elegant look.
So, now you can stay fashionable without harming the environment, and the best part of it is, these materials will allow the same luxurious and fashionable look like the silk you previously used. VANYYA brings to you beautiful pieces of pure wild silk and wild silk interwoven with pure cotton to brighten up your wardrobe.
As you step into the world of sustainability, check out VANYYA’s weekly blogs to know more about sustainability and its importance. VANYYA also helps to discover new ways to stay eco-friendly and fashionable with some unique materials that can surpass silk. Once you visit VANYYA, you will understand that all you need to turn anything into elegance is your curiosity, creativity and willingness to help save the environment.