Silk Farming to Saree Weaving
Silk farming is the cultivation of silkworms to produce silk, which is also called as Sericulture.
Nirvapate is committed to rural empowerment by helping the farmer communities to undertake the silk farming in multiple stages starting from mulberry to silkworm cultivation and yarn production to cloth weaving.
Cocoons are harvested from the silkworm beds and then immersed the cocoons into the hot water to remove the gum and to separate the silk filaments. The tiny silk filaments are combined together to form long threads. Threads are drawn under tension and wound on to reels. The yarn can be dyed with different colours to weave different types of cloths like dhoti, saree and etc.
Yarn Dyeing Process:
The yarn is washed in hot water to remove any waste silk threads. Dyeing bath is prepared in hot water by mixing different colors as per the requirement. Then the yarn is immersed in the dyeing bath. Finally the dyed yarn is dried and wound on to reels for weaving purpose.
Nirvapate owns several weaving machines and encourages hand weaving in the villages in parallel. The weaved silk sarees are collected from the farmers and marketed by Nirvapate.