Although Daughters of Gaea silk is not vegan, their process allows the silkworm larvae to live in harmony with their natural process. They don’t use any pesticides in the mulberry leaves used to feed them, and they are nurtured in optimum conditions in the incubation centres up to the end of their lifecycle. Daughters of Gaea use the same supplier to cultivate the larvae, harvest and spin the silk, so they can be sure that these factors will always meet their ethical requirements.
Natural silk fabric is completely biodegradable. Paired with low-impact, eco-friendly dyes as Daughters of Gaea have, and you have a completely non-toxic product. Unlike some materials, silk is also comparatively low-impact on the environment throughout the production stage. Water and land usage are minimal, and as long as no pesticides are used, environmental damage is low.
Supporting Ethical Female-Run Businesses In Bangalore
Daughters of Gaea partner with two artisan studios, Tharangini Studios and Blank Studio to support female artisans and provide fair wages and welfare.
Set up in the 1960s by Lakshmi Srivathsa, a Delhi art student at the time, Tharangini Studios is now Bangalore’s oldest, heritage textile handcraft studio. The female-owned and family-run business has expanded over the decades from small beginnings to a global exporter, whilst maintaining use of high-quality, organically-certified colours and natural dyes to remain low-waste throughout the production process.
Daughters of Gaea have chosen to work with the production company Blank Studio, based in Bangalore, to sew their Indian collection. A sustainable, eco-friendly and ethical business, Studio Blank’s focus is on slow-fashion. The team are made up from a diverse mix of women from varied cultural backgrounds with a shared love of Indian textile manufacturing and innate craftsmanship.