Down To Earth - Preserving The Handloom Tradition

Khitish Pandya, CEO at Eco Tasar Pvt Ltd believes that in order to sustain the handloom tradition, scaling up the environment has to be done step-by-step. Watch this segment to find out how the company strives to make a difference in rural artisans and women’s lives.

Down To Earth - Fabricating A Positive Social Impact Through Yarn

Down To Earth - The Weaver's Story

Cultivating Tasar Silk

Unlike the wholly-domesticated Bombyx mori silkworm, which is raised totally indoors and feeds solely on mulberry leaves, India’s ‘wild’ silk moth species are only semi-domesticated. Native to eastern and central India, they must be partially reared outdoors where they have access to a variety of trees in which to live, eat, and spin their cocoons. Tasar silk is one of the most widespread of India’s ‘wild’ silks, but is most plentiful in the states of Odisha, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh. The footage explores how cultivators must cooperate with nature to cultivate this ‘wild’ silk.

The Tasar Story

Tasar is a natural silk and its silkworms are reared on live trees, as they do not feed on plucked leaves. It is a natural, forest-based activity and its exposure to nature results in its truly multi-tonal look, which can never be duplicated by manmade fabric. This makes it a truly wild silk, much sought after by connoisseurs around the world. Each item’s creation is a source of livelihood and hope for a better future for thousands of women and tribals who otherwise have no wage opportunity in their remote villages and are often forced to migrate to cities in search of a living . The principles of Fair Trade are adhered to studiously, in the manufacturing process. No child labor is involved and utmost care is taken to make a truly green product. Natural vegetable dyes and /or Azo-free dyes are used in the manufacture of these silks, which are then being sold worldwide through both regular and fair trade channels.

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