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This recycled yarn is very high quality. Compared to lower-grade recycled silk yarn, it is more uniformly and consistently twisted and it is soft, smooth, and clean. Unlike the more common multi-colored recycled sari silk yarn, this yarn is made from textile mill leftovers that were sorted by color before spinning. There is some variation in shade throughout each skein, which gives a nice depth of color. As with all recycled silk yarn, it may not be completely colorfast when wet, especially the first time it is washed - I recommend handwashing separately in cold water with a gentle detergent. If needed, use a bit of fabric softener to maintain softness.
My silk yarn is handspun by a women's collective in Nepal whom I've worked with for years; your purchase helps these women escape poverty and send their children to school. The beautiful Nepali baby in the last photo, attired in traditional costume for his "rice ceremony," illustrates how choosing to buy fair trade products positively impacts the lives of workers in developing countries - this adorable fellow probably would not exist if his mother hadn't been able to earn a good wage making recycled silk ribbon and yarn (more info on her story, below).
I also have many other colors and grades of sari silk yarn, as well as banana silk yarn. If you'd rather spin your own yarn, I offer recycled silk fiber too. Click here to see all the items in my Etsy shop, http://www.etsy.com/shop/NorthcottWilson?ref=si_shop
If you have severe allergies to metal, then it may be best to avoid recycled silk yarn due to the fact that it may contain tiny amounts of metallic thread, a popular embellishment for saris.
The shipping fees listed below are for USPS First Class. I can also ship by Priority Mail for a small additional charge (within the US, Priority shipping for this yarn would cost $4.90). International buyers: convo me for a shipping quote if your country is not listed below, if you prefer Priority Mail, or if you want to buy multiple items.
Stored in my smoke-free, cat-friendly studio.
Returning to the subject of fair trade - in recent years, this term is often used by importers who don't actually know exactly where their products come from, nor whom they are made by. I work directly with the women's collective that makes my recycled sari silk yarn and ribbon; they are not just business partners, but friends. The income they have earned by supplying my Etsy shop has made a huge difference in their lives, and I sincerely thank everyone who has supported us. Etsy sales allowed me to arrange for medical care for a member of the women's collective who experienced a very difficult pregnancy - thanks to emergency surgery by an American doctor, all ended well and her son is now a healthy toddler. I met him a few months ago (promptly collapsing into tears) and seeing his smiling face erased all doubts I'd had about the wisdom of abandoning a reasonably lucrative career in the apparel industry for the meager profits of fair trade handicrafts.
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