Organic Indian silk making its way to Canada
High-quality silk ties
never go out of style, and a new player in the field might be on Canadian shores very soon.
Jharcraft, a corporation put together by the government of Jharkhand - a state in eastern India - is actively negotiating with Delhi-based export houses to get its silk products into the Canadian and British markets, according to the Calcutta Telegraph.
Dhirender Kumar, the director of handicrafts, silk and handloom, industries department told The Telegraph that surveys by the company have shown an interest in tussar silk in both countries, especially its more natural, organic nature.
Tussar Silk is also known by its Sanskrit name Kosa silk and is produced from wild Tusser silkworms. The worms aren't bred on mulberry trees like cultivated silk. Tussar silk has a deep natural gold colour.
In addition to not using cultivated silkworms, a fair amount of tussar silk is what is known as Ahisma, or non-violent silk, collected from the cocoon after the worm has left it, rather than killing the worm to use the cocoon.
Jharcraft has set a target of exporting around 50,000 stoles, ties and scarves
each to England and Canada, according to the paper and is expected to have a deal in place by the end of the month.