The Story of Ahimsa Silk

October 20, 2020

From luxury designer brands to wedding- and evening wear, silk has been a reference for quality and exclusivity since its very first creation. In contrast to its beauty and delicacy, most silk production today carries a significant toll on the environment and the silkworms that spin the silk thread.

Inspired by the non-violence teachings of Mahatma Gandhi, Kusuma Rajaiah embarked on the journey to develop a method, that would allow harvesting of the silk, while allowing the silkworms to complete their natural life cycle. After years of research and development, Ahimsa silk – or Peace silk – was created; a sustainable, eco-friendly, and cruelty free, natural fiber that meets the demands of the responsible luxury industry.

Guided by Gandhi’s philosophy of non-violence, Kusuma Rajaiah developed a process to extract silk from cocoons without harming worms. In this interview we speak with Rajaiah Kusuma about this production method, to hear more about his way of working with brands and his vision going forward.

After four years of hosting more than 50 knowledge sharing and networking events, connecting sustainability and fashion professionals with each other, we have decided to stop the activities we were doing under Good Brand Guru from 2023 onwards.

With equal passion and perseverance, we are continuing to strive for a better textile and clothing industry.

We are doing this through different projects, including helping companies to become BCorp and working with Fibershed at both a Dutch and European level. The Fibershed movement seeks to develop regional fiber systems that build soil and protect the health of our biosphere. Working with a soil-to-soil vision, we are rebuilding local, collaborative supply networks that are inherently fair, circular and regenerative.

If you would like to learn how you can join us in this new chapter, please get in touch through:

We look forward to staying in touch,

Warm regards,

Bryony & Martine