This has to be one of the softest, silkiest materials I've ever felt, in a very substantial way. Not thin like our other Indian silks, it is strong enough to use for upholstery, pants, dresses, and more. And the feel, the feel is just incredible.
Handwoven on antique looms in a small town in India, where members of a women's cooperative create this beautiful fabric as part of their way to support their families and educate their children. Beyond perfect for luxurious decorating -- marvelous for curtains, pillows, glorious bedding, and so much more. Undyed -- what you see is the natural color of the beautiful silk threads. Note that this is a natural, hand-loomed fabric and frequent irregularities (which some less-imaginative people might call imperfections) are to be expected. Indeed, they're part of the charm!
Tussah silk, also known as "peace silk", is wonderful not only because of its unique sheen and hand but also because, unlike in the creation of traditional silks, the majority of the silkworms are not killed in the fabric's production. Instead of a domesticated silkworm that eats only mulberry leaves, the tussah/tussar moths are wild and larger (with a wingspan of up to 6"). They live on oak and juniper leaves, and the oak's tannin produces a light gold or tan colored silk. Tussah silk is generally denser and more insulating than spun silk, and is less processed. When the moth hatches from the cocoon it breaks the filament length, which makes the fibers short and coarse instead of the longer, more lustrous ones you'll see when the silkworms are killed. The fabric tends to have irregular slubs and unravel easily, so you'll want to serge or hem the edges before washing.
Colored with AZO-free dyes on our Luminous Sophisticated Peace Silk. At 8 ounces per linear yard, the fabric is 5.6 ounces per square yard.
PLEASE NOTE: As is not uncommon in hand-woven fabrics, the newest batch is ever-so-slightly different than our previous version; if you have a swatch predating 9/1/2010, do request a new swatch before purchasing yardage.