A Fiber You Will Naturally Love
Welcome to our home, the eco-system that makes Eri silk. This luxury fiber is native to our people and land of Meghalaya, India. In fact, everything from the perennial plants that feed the silkworms, to the rearing, processing of cocoons, and production of our hand spun yarns happens in the Khasi villages of this pristine north-eastern Indian state.
You’ll feel good about spinning with Eri silk fiber because it’s organic and sustainable. The hertiage cottage industry around Eri silk cocoons is what makes this slow-made silk so valuable. The texture is soft like angora when compared to Bombyx Mori (Mulberry) silk. Eri silk is extremely flexible in nature. It can be spun evenly or unevenly in coarse or very fine counts which results in the elegance of silk, the comfort of cotton, and warmth of wool.
If you’re looking to move away from synthetic fibers or have wool allergies, then you’ll want to know that Eri silk is tender on the skin and hypoallergenic. It spins into a strong, dense and durable yarn. We have seen this with our own eyes. Like the shawl of Kong Rupali’s great grandmother. The colors in the spun yarn remained so vivid because Eri fiber absorbs natural dyes better than any plant-based fiber. The natural way of processing cocoons in the village is simple. The women de-gum the cocoons in soapy boiling water. The result is a treasured soft, natural white, fluffy fiber that you will love spinning – and feel good about wearing.
A Fiber That Preserves Tradition
We want more creators and makers of the world to spin with Eri. Your hand spun yarn, and handmade shawls, sweaters, blankets, and beanies will be unique. You will “feel good” because you purchased from a company that is working right from the home of Eri Silk. We work in close partnership with our people. Rearing Eri silkworms is Muezart’s grass-root endeavor. The easy to carry, high value, light weight cocoons create an ideal supplemental income for families living in the remote canyons of Meghalaya. We believe these business partnerships are key to preserving the Eri silk tradition of Meghalaya. We take pride in brining you a fairly-priced luxury fiber that is consciously made – every step of the way.
Muezart’s Distinctive Difference
1. We are locally known as a fair, ethical, and innovative business. Our partners: silkworm rearers, processors, spinners, dyers, and weavers set their price.
2. We know every single partner. People are our asset and we know every one of them. We know every single person we work with. Every relationship is an opportunity for us to raise up others and innovate together.
3. We’re at the source. The most amazing thing about Eri silk cocoon cakes and the products we make is that each one has a small carbon footprint. A single supply chain of a hand-made product is produced within the small village radius.
4. Hand-made: Every cocoon is processed naturally and by hand. No electricity or machinery is used. We dye with nature. Our dye ingredients are plant based and locally grown and gathered.
4 Eri Silk Fibers: Feel the difference. Spin the texture.
1. Connect with our village traditions and spin from the purest form of Eri. Spin directly from hand processed Cocoon Cakes.
2. Add silk roving to your fiber stash. Eri Silk Roving is a perfectly priced silk for blending with any protein, plant, or synthetic fiber.
3. Is perfectly smooth fine-spun yarn what your dreaming of. Stop here. Eri Silk Top is a long staple fiber that spins into a luxury yarn as soft as a bunny.
4. Looking for unique. Eri Silk Top blended with Muga Silk Waste will make any hand spun yarn stand out with its golden rustic finish.
How to Spin from a Cocoon Cake?
Take an individual cocoon cake pull it apart, fluff it, stretch it, then spin. It’s that easy. Beginners will find this technique easy. The cocoon cakes can be used for art felting and other crafting and fiber arts.
Real Silk - The Mark of Purity
Eri silk is a valuable and unique fiber and we want to protect it’s purity. That’s why Muezart submitted our products for testing to ensure 100% pure silk.
All our products have passed the rigorous certification program. The Silk Mark is not just any authenticity certification but serves a deep long-term purpose. Silk Mark certification is an initiative of the Central Silk Board, Ministry of Textiles and the Government of India.
• Protect the interests of the consumer
• Protect the interest of genuine traders & producers of Silk
• Promote Natural Silk
Customers Love Eri Silk Fibers
As a company, one of our responsibilities is to find the right packaging that doesn’t hurt the environment. We believe in keeping things simple and natural. Next, we constantly reduce waste and use minimal materials. Working with natural products keeps us conscious, that’s why your fiber will come wrapped in bio-degradable envelope.
Read Cathe's Story: A conscious maker and customer
I am "Earth-first" in my ethics and beliefs, which is why I am a spinner, weaver, knitter, soap-maker, etc. I also believe in directly supporting farmers and fiber producers. ….I am thrilled to add my support to Muezart, a business that touches the economy of their traditional villages.
I will tell you that I was SO impatient to experience the feel of the Eri silk that I wound up purchasing a 500g batt of the Eri Silk Roving. I have some spinning friends that work with Mulberry sliver, which made me think it would be somewhere near the same consistency. In other words, I expected it to be a little lumpy, which would have worked, but it actually had too much rough slubs to use for my long underwear project which required a finer fiber. I found the Eri silk roving closer to "noil". That taught me a "little" lesson in patience. Had I waited for Muezart’s sample card, I would have known the fit fiber to purchase for my project.
After receiving Muezart’s fiber sample card...
I placed my order for Eri Silk Top. With a speedy arrival I began spinning the Eri silk top. It is amazing! First, I split the total in half; then, split the first half into quarters with the intention of making two 100g 4ply skeins. When I took the first quarter to the wheel, it was a little slipperier than I expected, but I soon got a rhythm going. The singles spun up very nicely and consistent, just as I hoped they would.
I can already tell that the Eri silk will be much easier to work with than mercerized cotton or a silk/wool blend. It has a satiny feel that allows the strands to float next to each other without tangling. Yet, during spinning, the fibers hang onto each other so well, I can get a very consistent, very thin working thread. It will be a real treat to throw it up onto the loom, and really test its tensile strength and anti-static qualities.
These first two skeins will be used to begin knitting long underwear leggings. Obviously, two skeins won't be enough, so I'll return to mueZart for more Eri silk top.