The story begins with the sari. Over thousands of years, this traditional Indian garment has evolved from a simple throw to a beautiful, vibrantly dyed and intricately patterned dress, shawl and scarf. Today, the dyers and spinners and weavers of silk yarn have all been replaced by machines and factories, which pump out thousands of saris a day and rely on low-paid labor and plenty of waste.
There are, nonetheless, some who are working to preserve the ancient arts of spinning and knitting sari silk yarn. Women’s cooperatives, set up in India and Nepal, are reclaiming the offcuts and discards from these factories and using them to spin sari silk yarn. Hobbyists and knitters the world over are rediscovering this high-quality traditional fiber.
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