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This fabric is suitable for making a shawl or top. The inside of the fabric is slightly rough, so if you're making it into a top it's a good idea to use lining fabric.
The color is beautiful. The silk is dyed onto the thread, then spun by hand and handwoven. The drape of the fabric is very smooth.
This silk has been produced in an animal-friendly manner, which means that the caterpillars develop into silk moths and only the cocoon that remains is used for clothing. In mass production for the silk industry, silkworms are boiled alive in their cocoon to keep the structure of the silk threads intact.
The structure of this silk is different from the large-scale industrially produced silk. Eri silk has a short fiber (thread) and is more irregular. Eri silk is sturdier than regular mulberry silk and has particularly good thermal properties: cooling in warm temperatures and warming in cool weather. Eri silk has a subtle shine, drapes smoothly and softens with wear.