Silk is a natural spun protein fibre from the cocoon of the silk worm. Silk fibres are collected from cocoons of the silk worm which is the caterpillar stage of the silk moth Bombyx mori. Each silkworm cocoon is made up of a single fibre that is 600 to 900 meters long. Five to eight strands of the filament that are unwound from a silk worm cocoon are used to create silk thread. The silk thread is then used to create silk fabric.

Silk weaving has been in the UK since the 16th century when a mass exodus of French Huguenots came to England bringing with them wealth, arts and skills which included silk weaving. Many settled in Spitalfields in London. This was the start of the silk industry in England. The main centres of the silk industry in England in the 16th century were London, Coventry and Norwich.

Why Silk?

Silk has been traditionally known as the luxury fabric for centuries. It is complimentary to alpaca and guanaco as it lends strength to the soft and delicate camelid fibres.

Silk is...

  • the strongest fibres for yarn
  • is appropriate for cool and warm climates
  • shiny it enhances alpaca by adding to the lustre of the alpaca fibre