Silk news and archive
Silk: Can We Dethrone the Queen of Fibers?
Silk is often called the “Queen of Fibers” known for being soft, supple, and lustrous. However, silk suffers from issues with its environmental footprint and animal welfare. Did you know that the Higg Index rates silk as the most environmentally damaging material used by the fashion industry based on factors such as global warming and water...
6 May 2021
The story of peace silk: making the right choice
It is not always about the big names and established designers. Urban Medley, an Amstelveen based sustainable lifestyle brand launched on the eve of Corona, is determined to make a mark within the sustainable slow fashion sector. Drawing upon traditional, centuries’ old forms of printing and weaving from India it aims to reintroduce to the...
15 Apr 2021
BOMBYX Announces CERES Organic Silk Certification
BOMBYX, the first organic certified Chinese silk company that uses Regenerative Agriculture Principles (October 5, 2020 New York, NY) - BOMBYX, a division of PFGHL, is proud to announce that it has completed the CERES Organic Silk Certificationat their mulberry trees and silkworm farms. Following (EC) 834/2007 organic standards, the organic...
5 Oct 2020
Greek silk road town finds itself back in fashion
Inside the machine-crammed Mouhtarides factory near the Greek-Turkish border, Ioanna Pistola deftly spins a silk thread in a loom, ignoring the deafening noise around her. "I've been working in this hall for 20 years," the middle-aged weaver shouts above the din. The dormant, isolated town of Soufli has been a key centre for Greek silk...
15 Nov 2018
Bangladesh seeks revival of silk industry
Bangladesh's silk industry is one of the oldest in the world, with farmers in the northwestern border district of Rajshahi producing some of the most sought-after silk yarns. They specialise in high-quality mulberry silk -- widely known as Bengal or Rajshahi silk -- produced by the larvae of moths fed on fresh mulberry leaves and used for...
4 Oct 2018
Sustainable Textile Innovations: Banana Fibres
As the fashion industry heads towards a future where textile resources are scarce, natural fibres such as cotton, which remains a resource-intensive material, and petroleum-based fibres like acrylic, polyester, nylon and spandex remain high in demand. But as the production of these fibres continues to do irreversible damage to the planet, more...
28 Aug 2017
World leaders to don pineapple shirts in Philippines
Star Trek suits are out and pineapple shirts are in as the Philippines seeks to keep the world's most powerful leaders off the list of global summit fashion train wrecks. Boldly ignoring the ridicule levelled at past costumes, the Philippines is continuing the spotty tradition of dressing the heads of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)...
17 Nov 2015
Silk Industries in Sale Talks
Fabric manufacturer Silk Industries has confirmed it is in talks that may or may not lead to an offer for the company. The announcement followed a 23 per cent jump in its share price last Thursday. The company used to own designer brand Paul Costelloe, but sold it to concentrate on the silk business in 2000.
29 Jul 2003