yard(s) available: 49
Width: 45 inches
Weight: 3.0 oz. per sq yd
Content: 100% Natural Peace Silk
This fabric was made in India
Tussah silk, also known as "peace silk", is wonderful not only because of its unique sheen and hand but also because, unlike in the creation of traditional silks, the majority of the silkworms are not killed in the fabric's production. Instead of a domesticated silkworm that eats only mulberry leaves, the tussah/tussar moths are wild and larger (with a wingspan of up to 6"). They live on oak and juniper leaves, and the oak's tannin produces a light gold or tan colored silk.
Tussah silk is generally denser and more insulating than spun silk, and is less processed. When the moth hatches from the cocoon it breaks the filament length, which makes the fibers short and coarse instead of the longer, more lustrous ones you'll see when the silkworms are killed. The fabric tends to have irregular slubs and unravel easily, so you'll want to serge or hem the edges before washing.