Northeast India - An Abode For Eri Silkworms

The northeastern states of India are hidden gems among all the metropolitan states of India. Travelers, vloggers, and adventurers should visit states like Assam, Meghalaya, Sikkim, Mizoram, etc. at least once on their travel adventure to India.

Northeast Indian states
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Most travelers when visiting northeastern states of India say that the states are uniquely different from the rest of India in terms of the food, culture, ethnicity, climate, religion with a spread of mountains, hills, valleys, etc.

But the real hidden gems where people can make business with are Eri silkworms and Eri silk.

6 Burning Questions About Eri Silk and Eri Silkworms

1. Where Can You Find Eri Silkworms?

Eri silkworms are predominately found in Assam, Meghalaya and in some parts of China and Japan. They come from the caterpillar of Samia ricini. 

Eri silkworms | Muezart

Eri silkworms after being extracted from the cocoon

2. What Does an Eri Moth Look Like?

Eri moth has a mix of black, white and brown color around its wings and its entire body.

Eri silk moth | Muezart

Eri silk moth on top of the Eri silk cocoons

3. Why Is Eri Silk Called Peace Silk?

Eri silk is also known as peace silk because the silkworm is not killed during the extraction of the cocoon. 

 

4. What Do Eri Silkworms Eat?

Eri silkworms feed on castor leaves

Castor leaves - food for Eri silkworms | Muezart

Ricinus communis, the castor bean or castor oil plant, is a species of perennial flowering plant in the spurge family, Euphorbiaceae. (Source)

5. How Are the Eri Threads Dyed?

Most of the Eri silk fibers made in North East India are naturally dyed, rather than dyeing with artificial dyes.

 

6. What Do Silkworms Turn Into?

The short answer is silkworms turn into moths.

Eri silk moth | Muezart

However, the long answer is after the silkworms are matured enough, they start spinning. The silkworms spin until they turn into cocoons. After two weeks, moths emerge out of the cocoons.


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