weaving workshop at the foot of himalayas....Rishikesh, India
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Rearing Eri Silk
Eri silk is a wild silk originated in India.
Its name is dirived from Erand, which means 'castor plant' in Hindi.     You may be familiar with the oil produced from this plant.
As other wild silks, its fiber is porous containing air, which gives a good insulation against heat or cold, as well as the moisture control quality.
It has been known as Ahimsa (non-violent) silk and preferred by brahmans, as the yarn can be spun without harming the pupa.

Ganga studio started an experimental rearing of this wild silk from last year with the help of the Japanese Society for Wild Silkmoths.


 
Eri silkworms would eat verious kind of leaves.
Still as the name suggests,  it seems to love castor leaves the most.
Castor plants are abundant around the studio growing naturally. 
Our staff picks leaves on the way to work every morning.
Now babies are happy being fed with the fresh castor leaves.  (photo above)
They are almost done,  ready for forming cocoons.



Above is the ripe one, of which the reverse side turns yellow, and stops eating leaves.
It looks having a lot of spines, which actually are soft and not pricking.



The ripe ones are transferred to Mabushi, the cell for cocoon making.
It takes one to two days for forming the cocoon.
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