In Search of Wild Silk: Exploring a Village Industry in the Jungles of India
Author: Karen Selk
Raising wild silk meets social and environmental challenges facing the textile industry—the second-largest global polluter—head-on by providing a sustainable occupation that maintains social bonds and a connection with the land.
For textile artists and anyone interested in the world of the wild silk industry of India. Textile artist Karen Selk delves into the amazing world of wild silk and the Indigenous people of India who raise the wild silkworms. Readers will be drawn into the captivating world of a unique living culture that has been engaged in a sustainable industry for generations. Photos and anecdotes captured from weavers, spinners, and silkworm farmers transport readers into their homes and villages to get an up-close look at the intimate connection to the skill, dedication, and specialized tools and techniques the artisans use to transform cocoons into yarn and luxurious fabrics. This little-known industry not only provides resplendent cloth but improves the environment and provides a sustainable income, allowing families and communities to stay together while preserving a way of life..
Karen Selk is a textile artist, teacher, writer, and entrepreneur dedicated to all things silk. She has given hundreds of workshops and presentations on silk and weaving worldwide and has written numerous articles on silk. In 1982, she and her husband created Treenway Silks and dedicated themselves to providing the highest-quality silk directly from Asia. Her passion to learn about everything silk has led her throughout Asia and the wild silk forests of India in particular for more than 30 years. She lives on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada.
- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Schiffer Craft (November 28, 2022)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0764364979
- ISBN-13: 9780764364976
- Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.60 x 11.0 inches