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In Search of Wild Silk : Exploring a Village Industry in the Jungles of India

Karen Selk
Schiffer Publishing Ltd.

Silk! just the word invokes intrigue and fantasies of lavish mounds of rich 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, 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 to families and communities to stay together while preserving a way of life.

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