In Search of Wild Silk: Exploring a Village Industry in the Jungles of India
What do you do after you follow your passion for more than 30 years? During that time, you visited silk villages, spinners, weavers, growers, and dyers and traveled across India. You took thousands of photographs and talked with hundreds of people. You traveled to out-of-the-way villages, always ready for the next one. Well, if you are Karen Selk, you write a book! Not just any book…a book that takes the reader on a silk journey throughout India, a book filled with rich photographs, a book that is both educational and peppered with interesting stories, a book that is hard to put down!
Not all silk is the same and Karen introduces us to Tasar, Muga, and Eri silk through text and photos. This is a personal journey, and we enter people’s villages, homes, and studios. We learn about the various species of silkworms and their habitats. We follow the silkworm’s stages of growth all the way to the finished garment.
Spanning 270 pages and 30 years, Karen generously shares her journal entries. In Search of Wild Silk is a must-read for anyone interested in textiles, India, and silk!
In Search of Wild Silk: Exploring a Village Industry in the Jungles of India is available through Amazon order here
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