Story of Our Silk

The art of spinning silk originated from the time of the Indus Valley Civilization, and continues to flourish the until modern day in Kashmir.

Silk is derived from the cocoons of the silkworms that feed on the leaves of the white Mulberry plant.

Traditional silk manufacturing methods involve boiling the cocoons of the silkworm and then sorting out the threads to be used later in production. We, however use a gentler method, specifically letting the worms hatch first, and then using the cocoons once they are vacant.

This method requires 10 extra days in the process to let the larvae grow and the moths to hatch out of the cocoons. In contrast, the less humane process takes about 15 minutes.

But, at Cikana, we believe in producing beautiful silk products, without harming the beings that created the precious fiber.