Wild Silk

Here you will find all silk fabrics reeled from fibers of other moths then the mostly and wholly indoor-domesticated Bombyx mori. Wild silks are semi-domesticated in the outdoors. The most widespread is tussah or tasar silk which is typical for its dark golden color. Mugi silk is a rare regional Indian specialty while the white silk eri is another widespread one. Eri silk is sometimes called „peace silk“ * – which is when the production process ensures that the worm is not killed inside the cocoon.

* Peace silk is a controversial term. Although the worm is not cooked or smoked inside of the cocoon advocating non-violence and respect of life, its destiny is sealed anyway. Either the moth dies of hunger because due to its cultivation it is too heavy to fly and seek for food itself or it in some areas it is gathered by rural tribes as a valuable source of protein in their food. In any case the price of peace silk is always higher because one must wait additional two weeks for the worm to grow and/or transform into a moth.

Wild eri silk, herringbone, cream

Reference : 101-17-0002

A soft, fine fabric made from natural eri silk in a herringbone weave.

More details

  • Colour : _ 015 - Cream
  • Drape : slightly stiff
  • Fiber Content : 100% silk
  • Weave : Twill weave
  • Weight mm (mommes) is a japanese weight unit used for silk fabrics. 1 mm = 4,33 g/m2. : ~ 16m/m / 70g/m2 (15-17m/m)
  • Width : 110 cm / 43 in
  • Meters in stock: 23.3     Watch availability

$ 33.30 / m ( $ 27.53 / m without VAT )

Quantity discount

  • more than 10 m (-5%)
  • more than 20 m (-10%)
  • more than 50 m (-15%)
  • more than 100 m (-20%)


This fabric woven of wild eri silk has a wonderful, almost velvety softness. It is rather like a very fine cotton, but so much lighter, with the subtle, matte sheen typical of wild silks. It is a pleasure to wear and has a subtle warmth.

This natural silk material is woven in a herringbone pattern (broken twill), making it fairly sturdy and crisp for such a fine fabric. It makes wonderful shirts, tunics, blouses, and skirts. It is stiffer than our other eri silks (twill, diamond weave), so we don’t recommend it for patterns that call for a very fluid material. In lighter shades this fabric tends to be sheer, so we recommend a thin lining.

Eri silk is one of the most popular “wild” silks. Unlike classic silk, it is derived from the empty cocoons left behind by the eri silk moth (Philosamia ricini), so the pupa inside is not harmed, a fact that has earned it the nickname “peace silk.”

Learn more: Silk fabric types

Care: We recommend dry cleaning this fabric at a reliable dry cleaner. In our tests this fabric stood up to gentle hand washing. If you risk hand washing, use lukewarm water and a delicate detergent for woolens; do not wring or squeeze dry; block dry on a flat surface. Dry iron on the lowest setting.

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