Silk Hankies

Nope, not the kind you embroider and then blow you nose on. I mean these kind:

Silk Hankies

These are mawata, or silk hankies. They are made by stretching several silk cocoons over a wooden frame. There they are allowed to dry, until they turn into something that very much resembles a silk hankie of the tear drying kind. (Read more about the process here.)

So, what am I doing with them, then? First, I’m pealing off each layer of silk:

A single layer of silk

And stretching it into unspun yarn:

Unspun silk yarn


Here’s a sample knit up:

A small knitted sample of unspun silk yarn

My goal is a pair of warm silk mittens, kinda like the ones the Yarn Harlot made.

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3 Responses to Silk Hankies

  1. Annie says:

    Cool! Is there no end to you yarny talents!

  2. xinef82 says:

    Oooh, pretty!

  3. Gen says:

    I have always wanted to try this, very awesome!