WHAT IS IT?
These are pure mulberry silk filament strands full of natural silk gum (sericin) making them perfect for silk papermaking. Cocoon strippings are also known as "gummy silk".
WHAT'S IT FOR?
The main reason for working with cocoon strippings is because if the natural occurring gum that is coating the fibres. This gum will bond when activated with heat and moisture and therefore creating silk paper becomes very easy.
Tease out a few layers of fibre, spray with water, lay them between two sheets of greaseproof paper, iron with a hot iron and the fibres will bond together.
This strong "paper" can then be dyed, painted and is lovely and lustrous. It can be stitched into, cut and sculpted into vessels, used to make bags, as a cover for books and all types of textile art.
If you wish the gum can be washed out of the strippings (de-gummed) creating a much brighter, whiter fibre. It then no longer has the gummy capacity so can be treated like any other silk fibre – it could be needlefelted, dyed, spun or carded with other fibres to create traditional felt.
Papermaking, Needlefelting, Silk Papermaking, Spinning
WHY SHOULD I BUY IT?
Silk paper is a brilliant and versatile textile fabric with lots of potential and cocoon strippings are the best fibre to make it.