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Pure Silk ? No ? Oh.. !

Posted on the 26 June 2012 by Poojakaradgi
It was Mamma-Papa's wedding anniversary yesterday and as a family tradition we decided to visit the Radha-Krishna temple to offer prayers.Soon after the evening poojas I noticed something that brought a smile on my face..A 5-star rated mini AC for God..! Cute..isn't it ? I mean..an AC for the omnipotent and the omnipresent!I have often seen little cute beds with pillows kept inside the temple for God to rest ,here in Gujarat.Never has this been noticed by me in South.When questioned about this to mom, she said that we dont take any other cloth material except silk for the decorating or any other purpose."Silk..!" Who can deny the beauty of a well woven piece of silk fabric?The intricately embroidered designs that skilled hands create from the silk threads where each triangular fabric refracts the light which falls upon it to produce the natural shimmer is something that every women craves for !
Well,there's another side of this!All the wondrous qualities of silk come at the price of billions of silkworms which are raised and killed mercilessly in order to harvest their valuable cocoons.

What’s wrong with silk?

Silk is the fiber that silkworms weave to make cocoons. To obtain silk, distributors boil the worms alive inside their cocoons. Anyone who has ever seen worms startle when their dark homes are uncovered must acknowledge that worms are sensate—they produce endorphins and have a physical response to pain. The so-called “silkworm” is actually a domesticated insect who, in nature, goes through the same stages of metamorphosis—egg, larva, pupa, and adult—that all moths do. Silk is derived from the cocoons of larvae, so most of the insects raised by the industry don’t live past the pupa stage, as they are steamed or gassed alive in their cocoons. Approximately 3,000 silkworms are killed to make every pound of silk.~PeTA

Pure Silk ? No ? Oh.. !

They put the silkworms into a pot of boiling water
 and as they boil they pull a thread off the cocoon
 and keep pulling until the silkworm is exposed

Pure Silk ? No ? Oh.. !Each and every south Indian wedding you go..you'll everywhere see women and little girls clad in silk and gold jewelry with common discussions like.."Pure silk??""No..""No?? Oh.." Its kind of a trend there in south..If you are not wearing a pure silk in a wedding...your worth lessens.!I feel that the above discussion should actually be like this:"How many silkworms did you kill?""None..""None?? Wow..""I killed 50,000 of them!""What?Sheh.."I agree that its the dream of every Indian bride to look gorgeous in these beautiful silk sarees..but then would you like to begin your new married life by killing these innocent million silkworms?I dont get how come God would have even loved that..No..!And then it's important not only to look good but also to feel good about what you're wearing. Finding a cruelty-free dress is a cinch, and there are lots of affordable options out there that are both gorgeous and vegan.So the next time you step out for a shopping, be sure to avoid silk overlays and underlays or better opt forAhimsa silk. Also, some satin, chiffon, and tulle can be made of silk, so check your labels before adding them to your cart!

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