Lotus silk is one of the rarest fabrics in the world that is produced on a small scale only in Cambodia Myanmar and more recently in Vietnam. This natural fiber is extracted by only a few skilled craftsmen around the world, but it is not easy to extract enough lotus silk from making this silk. A scarf can take up to two months and the final product can cost up to 10 times more than regular silk. So how is it made and what makes it so expensive The family has been making silk for generations and making luxury garments by cutting threads from silkworms.
The key difference between the bright yellow silk and the light lotus version is that each thread of lotus silk must be made from each thread of lotus silk starting from the stem of the lotus flower. The lotus is the national flower of Vietnam and is a plant that grows throughout the region. is grown in. Country. While this fabric has been made in Myanmar for years, experimentation with this fiber was started only in 2017.
How is lotus silk made?
Once the steam is hand-picked and lifted, the inner silk can be removed, each stem containing a small amount of thin sticky fibers, which must be twisted together and dried so that the threads can be processed within 24 hours. Can go While they are still wet otherwise they will break and therefore have to be harvested every day and lotus plants are only available for harvesting between April and October, when you have gone through the hard work of removing these vipers. They are also incredibly delicate. Once dry these threads are carefully weighed and spooled delicately by hand, then they are put into the loom, these fibers are delicate but once woven with a traditional silk fan Which consists of a team of 20 workers who manufacture these fibers every day. 10 to 20 scarves a month, but well worth the hard work when a 25-centimeter scarf can sell for just over 200.
Why is lotus silk expensive?
Making lotus silk is different. Silk usually comes from silkworms that are kept in wide trays and need to be fed with mulberry leaves for about 24 hours a day, with the caterpillars delicately threading the threads to make their cocoons. It can take hundreds of silkworms to spin and make a kilo. But while silkworms do require careful care, they do most of the hard work themselves.
Lotus silk final product is unlike any other fiber, it is soft like silk, breathable like linen and slightly elastic, these luxurious traits have made it popular among tourists searching for rare souvenirs. It has recently been taken up by international fashion brands in search of a new luxury fiber, but its scale is limited as there are still few trained in making these silk yarns, but despite the work this skill can one day develop the industry. Is.