It’s common knowledge that silk is made from the snow-white cocoon of the mulberry silk moth. But how do we go from that tightly spun wad to a perfect, endless thread? The secret of silk production was closely guarded by the Chinese court for millennia and those who would talk faced death. Yet it turns out that all you need if you’d like to see how it works, is a cup of warm water...Full article
We could write a book about our textile-fueled trips around the world, if only there were the time. Sartor’s founding sisters have travelled the world in search of fabrics for a number of years now, mostly to Asia, the birthplace of silk, but also to local workshops and businesses closer to home. Fortunately, even in the endless race to prepare outgoing orders and acquire new goods, they find a moment here and there to write up the highlights of their experiences on the silk route. Come along for a visit to an Indian spinner, a bustling silk market, and other interesting stops along the way. Take this as a promise to share memories and new experiences whenever the time allows.
The hall explodes in frenzied activity as brokers rush to buy and sell. Deals are struck. Fortunes are made. But we’re not on Wall Street. And it’s not stocks and bonds trading hands… It’s silkworm cocoons. Welcome to the great cocoon market in Karnataka, where our Indian silks begin their journey to you.Full article