In Search of Wild Silk
Silk! Just the word invokes intrigue and fantasies of lavish mounds of richly hued fabrics. The journey of metamorphosis from caterpillar to silken luxury is miraculous. Textile artist Karen Selk delves into the amazing world of wild silk and the indigenous people of India who raise the wild silkworms. You'll 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 you 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 us with resplendent cloth but improves our environment and provides a sustainable income, allowing families and communities to stay together while preserving a way of life. Karen Selk has devoted much of her life to silk and especially traveling extensively through Asia, in particular India, to collect stories, traditions, silk—and gain a deep understanding of the magic and craft transforming wild silk to scrumptious fabrics. There's so much awe herein.
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