QUALITY/100% SILK MADE IN CAMBODIA

Silk is a fibre with wonderful properties: supple, resistant, soft and shiny. Furthermore, silk has the particularity of keeping cool in the summer and warm during the winter.


Silk fibers are mainly composed of fibroin which comes from cocoons produced by insects. Numerous caterpillars will weave cocoons which will protect them during their transformation into a chrysalis.. and then into a butterfly. Thanks to the strong silk components created by the Mulberry silkworm, it is possible to create silk fabric.

A single cocoon contains anything between 0.5 and 1.5 kilometers of thread. With a special tool we choose threads from various cocoons to obtain the required thickness and quality.
Lotus Paradis uses only natural products such as flowers, leaves, and barks.
The colours derived from these products are yellow, green, black, orange, red, brown, beige…

The methods of production in Cambodian farms have remained unchanged for centuries.
The Khmer ingenuity in the field of silk making is well known: the looms are often made out of wooden frames and recycled wheels.

Cambodian silk provides unique properties: it is hardwearing, soft to the skin, silky with a unique shine. It is very pleasant to wear.

weaving of a silk scarf

Lotus Paradis uses different kind of natural silk fabrics:

  • Raw silk is the result of weaving thin, raw silk together, giving the fabric a natural and authentic texture. Cambodian raw silk is regarded as of the best quality in the world.
  • Thick taffetas silk is the highest quality, natural silk, with very few irregularities. It is also much appreciated as it keeps warm in winter and cool in summer.
  • Thin taffetas silk, slightly see-through, is the lightest and most delicate silk. Soft and silky, it is ideal for summer.

PRODUCTION OF NATURAL SILK

Silk is a material of animal origin. The Sericulture is the name given to the breeding of silkworms.

How is a silk thread made ?

silk worm

The silk comes from a caterpillar cocoon called "silkworm". Very numerous caterpillars secrete a thread with which they manufacture the cocoon which will protect them during their metamorphosis in chrysalis and then in butterfly. Among them, only the caterpillars of the mulberry bombyx produce a sufficiently flexible and solid thread for use as a textile.

From the butterfly to the silk thread

To make a thread of silk we need a special kind of butterfly called " the bombyx".

This butterfly does not fly because its wings are atrophied and it dies within a few days after its breeding.

The eggs of the bombyx give birth to worms that swallow large quantities of mulberry leaves. This caterpillar (worm) produces

the precious fiber secreted in abundant liquid coming out of its mouth. The caterpillar surrounds itself with the thread to form a cocoon.

This thread can measure between 300 and 1500 meters long. At the end of the spinning, the worm is transformed into a chrysalis.

The cocoons are immersed in boiling water to kill the chrysalis enclosed inside.

silk cocoons

This chrysalis is very much appreciated as a grilled insect to eat in Asia.


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