What is Recycled Silk yarn?
Recycled Silk yarn is undoubtedly the most unique yarn you will ever encounter. Silk sari thrums—the leftovers from weaving—are handspun by women's cooperatives and cottage industries into gleaming silk skeins.
What is Banana Silk yarn?
Banana trees have long been used as a source for fibers to make clothing and households goods. Before cotton became readily available banana fabrics were commonplace in Asia. Our Banana Silk yarn is created from modern techniques—yielding a rayon type fiber—and handspun from waste from weaving mills. Our yarns is available in a mix of colors or kettle dyed solids.
Connect with women on the other side of the globe.
When you make an item with handspun yarn, it is made not only by you, but by you and the women who created the yarn. Often, three women work together make each skein of recycled yarn: one to prepare the fiber, one to spin, and one to make the yarn ready for sale. Once the recycled silk fiber has been sorted and teased, it is handspun on a drop spindle or charka spinning wheel. When the yarn is finished, it is turned in for payment, where another group of women skein the yarn and wash it. After drying in sun, the yarn is packaged and shipped around the world.
People not machines.
Hand spinning creates natural inconsistencies and a rather scrappy nature. Therefore each skein of yarn is as different as the women who made it. The colors, twist, texture, and yardage can vary from yard to yard and skein to skein. Not your usual ball of yarn, recycled silk yarn with its wild texture and vibrant colors will make your project, no matter how simple in design, instantly charming and unique.
What does all this mean to you?
Be ready for a few knots, wild texture, overtwisted spots, undertwisted spots, chunks of exotic colors—maybe even a small bit of Nepalese newspaper if you're lucky!
As you work with the yarn, think of its journey and be proud that your knitting is connecting you with so many around the world.
Our yarn is "fair trade", meaning the workers involved receive a fair price for their efforts. By spinning, women are able to use their traditional skills to support themselves and their families.
Every yard is an adventure!
Frabjous Fibers is a wholesale supplier accepting new accounts. See our information page and register now to shop online. For retail sales, see our "Where To Buy" list of local yarn shops and online outlets.
Journey into our worlds of color and texture: recycled silk fiber and banana silk yarns and ribbons from India; fair trade felt needle cases and notions bags from Nepal; and from Vermont, hand dyed wool fiber for spinning and felting in rich, saturated colorways.
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