Silk comes from the silk butterfly cocoons that the larva spins in before it comes out like a finished butterfly. To remove the silk fiber from the cocoons, put them in hot water so that the protective glue, sericine, dissolves and the silk fiber itself is released.
Silk fiber is the strongest natural fiber and it is stronger than steel in tensile strength in a comparable dimension. From a cocoon you usually get a fiber that is 600-800 m long in the unbroken path, but it can be up to 1500 m long. There are two ways to remove the silk fiber from the cocoon; haspla and spin. The finest silk with the most gloss is given when you thread the thread. It means pulling out the fiber
from 5-8 cocoons at the same time to get a thread you can work with. If the cocoons are broken or as the wild silk is overly drained, you can not wipe long fibers so instead you cuddle the cocoons and spin the silk. Silk fiber has very low density, which makes it take up and transport moisture very effectively, in other words, great to have the closest to the body.
The most common silk is the cultivated mulberry silk that comes from the mulberry spinner, bombyx mori. We at the Sideboard, work a lot with three different wild silk from India; Tussahsilke from the Peacock Spinner or the Spider Spider, as it is also called, Mugasil from the Assam spinner and erisilke from Samia Cynthiaspinner:
The wild silk differs greatly in both appearance and feel compared to the cultivated mulberry silk. They are not as shiny as the mulberry silk but have a somewhat more sophisticated elegance, often a bit more uneven in the structure.
The Tussahsilk can be both honeycomb and spinned. It may be the softest soft and a bit crispy with a beautiful little reserved luster.