The Story of Ahimsa Silk
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.