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Title: Contemporary breakthrough in Ahimsa silk spinning
Authors: Sanapapamma, KJ
Naik, Shailaja D
Keywords: Ahimsa silk;Silk spinning;Cocoons;Traditional spinning devices
Issue Date: Jan-2008
Publisher: CSIR
IPC Code: Int. Cl.⁸: D01
Abstract: Karnataka is the premier mulberry silk producing state in India, contributing nearly 73% of the country’s total production. Around 764 drainages distributed in different parts of Karnataka cater to the seed requirement of the Seri culturist. During drainages operation moths emerges out by piercing the cocoons thus become unreelable. Such cocoons amount to about 240 tons per year, hence proper utilization of these cocoons is of utmost importance for product diversification. The silk spun from pierced cocoon without letting pupae to die considered as Ahimsa silk is widely accepted by Hindus. Ahimsa silk spun on traditional devices viz., Takli, NR Das, Chuodhary Charaka and Medleri Charakas, did not produce regular tpi though the production was less. Hence, there was need to develop appropriate technology to spin quality spun silk. The CSTRI, Bangalore realized the necessity and to develop the improvised “Motorized Spinning cum Twisting Machine’’, a real break through in silk spinning. This machine was perfectly suitable to spin unreelable silk to 30-35s and the production rate ranged to 100-40g/8 hrs, which exhibited greater tenacity with remarkable elongation.
Page(s): 178-181
ISSN: 0972-5938
Appears in Collections:IJTK Vol.07(1) [January 2008]

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