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lotus silk is one of the rarest fabrics

in the world

produced only in small scale across

cambodia myanmar and more recently

vietnam

this natural fibre is only extracted by

a few skilled crafts people across the

world

but making this silk isn’t easy

extracting enough lotus silk for one

scarf can take

two months and the final product can

cost 10 times as much as regular silk

so just how is it made and what makes it

so expensive

fanteethwan’s family have been making

silk for generations

growing and harvesting the threads from

silkworms themselves to create luxury

garments

but making lotus silk is different

silk usually comes from silkworms

they’re kept on wide trays

and need to be fed almost 24 hours a day

with mulberry leaves

the caterpillars delicately spin threads

to create their cocoons

and it can take hundreds of silkworms to

make a kilo of silk

but while the insects require careful

looking after they do most of the hard

work themselves

the key difference between the bright

yellow silk and the paler lotus version

is that every single strand of lotus

silk must be extracted

from

each thread of lotus silk starts with

the stem of the lotus flower

the lotus is vietnam’s national flower

and a plant that’s grown across the

country

while this fabric has been made for

years in myanmar

fanti tuan only started experimenting

with this fiber in 2017.

but

once the stem is selected and picked by

hand the silk inside can be extracted

each stem contains a minuscule amount of

thin sticky fibers which must be rolled

together

and dried the threads need to be

processed within 24 hours while they’re

still wet

otherwise they’ll break and so

harvesting has to be done

each day and sen masine greenery the lotus plants are only

available to harvest between april

and october once you’ve gone through the

hard work of extracting these vipers

they’re incredibly delicate too

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once dried these threads are carefully

weighed down and delicately hand spooled

then they’re put into the loom these

fibers are fragile but once woven can be

as durable as traditional silk

fan has a team of 20 workers creating

these fibers each day

allowing them to produce 10 to 20

scarves each month

but when a 25 centimeter scarf can sell

for just over 200

the hard work is worth it the final

product is unlike any other fiber

it’s soft like silk breathable like

linen and slightly elastic

these luxurious traits have made it

popular with tourists searching for rare

souvenirs

it’s also recently been picked up by

international fashion brands searching

for a new luxury fibre

but its scale has been limited as there

is still few trained in the making of

these silk threads

but despite the work involved fanti

thuan is hoping that this skill

could one day grow to become a larger

industry

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