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Beautifully glossy fiber - SILK.
However, there is a cruel reality behind its production...
Convenrional silk is made from cultivated cocoons of silk moths.
Those silk moths called in Japanese "Kasan", which literally means domesticated silk moths, end up being killed while they are still in their cocoons. Before completing their life cycle, hundreds of thousands of silk moths are thrown into boiling water.
Yet, silk can be produced in more ethical way.
That is Peace Silk. It is also called as Ahimsa Silk（Ahimsa means non-killing）,Vegetarian Silk, or Cruelty-Free Silk.
Peace silk is made not from "Kasan" but from "Yasan", which literally means wild silk moths.
Peace silk production uses cocoons of wild and semi-wild silk moths which are "empty shells". That is, silk moths can emerge from cocoons instead of being killed.
Conventional silk require boiling cocoons in order to make them soft and ready for being reeled. It is possible only when silk moths are remaining inside of cocoons and therefore cocoons are not broken yet.
However, peace silk cannot be reeled as a single thread. The cocoons used for producing peace silk are broken because silk moths emerge from them. Therefore, peace silk, like other short fibers including cotton and wool, is made by spinning. Since it is spun as fiber rather than reeled as yarn, peace silk is softer and warmer.
Gathering cocoons, spinning, weaving... Peace silk production is entirely by hand.
Peace silk is earth-friendly silk.