about dupioni silk

Silk processing (sericulture) was first developed in China 5000-8000 years ago. Made from the cocoons of mulberry-feeding silkworms, the lustrous cloth was for millennia the luxury of royalty. Silk slowly made its way throughout Asia as one of the staples of international trade. By 300 AD, the practice of sericulture had made its way to India. Dupioni Silk is woven from cocoons spun side-by-side (and therefore inseparable). The double cocoon accounts for the unique nubbly texture of the silk weave.

Today, silk production is a mainstay of the Indian economy. Children comprise the bulk of Indian factory weavers and dyers. Though much has been publicized about their plight, these children have little hope of a life outside the factories, their destitute parents having sold them into slavery when they were very young.

Concerned organizations around the world are continually in search of options: more humane work programs, independently run schools, family education and outreach and funds for families to buy back their children.

Why not boycott Indian silk? Unfortunately, India is the primary source of silk for much of the world's great demand. And, our business offers livelihood to an otherwise desperate economy. Fortunately, there is power in commerce and the world is finally using its financial leverage to change the way business is accomplished. Among the many non-profit organizations created to raise awareness of silk—and other—factories' practices are two that we support: Human Rights Watch and Concerned for Working Children.

5% of your purchase of any Scroll will add to our donations to these and other children's rights organizations.

For more information on Indian child labor practices, visit Indian NGOs Website or any search engine entering "Indian child labor."