Why Buy from Nepal: Gossamer Silk Scarves

Shopping in Nepal never reflects - "you get what you pay for."  Shopkeepers may or may not always be kind enough to tell you all about their products. Hence, the more you know, or appear to know, the more likely you are to get the best deal. 

Since Nepal is Jano Bazaar’s homeground, we have crafted the blog series ‘Why Buy from Nepal’ to get you the best handcrafted products from Nepal. Fabulous colourful silk scarves made in Nepal are as soft as gossamer silk. Though, there’s quite a bit to know about them. 

On our website you’d find 9 different colours & patterns incorporating paisley, floral, geometric and stripes, all melding to a glamorous look. Here’s the story behind the flawless gossamer silk scarves.

Gossamer Silk Scarves - The Softest in the World

Scarves made solely are difficult to find. The scarves from Nepal are generally a mix of varying quantities of pashm (paschima wool) and pure gossamer silk. Though, you can find 100% pure Gossamer silk scarves if you scourge vivaciously. 

Products that are mixed with silk are processed expertly. The processing is a lengthy and difficult endeavour. Hence, no one in Nepal shys away from proudly calling these scarves as ‘Gossamer Scarves’. Hence, you need to know the details to make a satisfying purchase. 

We’ll be talking about Nepal’s paschima products in another blog piece, so here’s a little bit about why gossamer silk is widely adored.

Spiders make gossamer silk, and are bred by protectors

Gossamer silk producers all over the world are protectors of these specific spider communities which biologically spin this silk.

The first well-documented effort towards using gossamer silk was by a Frenchman François Xavier Bon de Saint Hilaire in 1710. He made enough silk from spider cocoons to produce stockings, gloves and, by some unreliable accounts, Louis XIV’s entire suit.

Moving forward, a French technical-school official mounted another spider project. It was enough to fashion the hangings for a bed that was exhibited in 1900 in Paris. The hangings no longer exist. As noted, the trend of silk came from the french, but it didn’t contain itself to one geographical location. Silk spinning is now done all over the world. 

Here are a few facts about spider silk:

  • Spider silk is protein fiber spun by spiders. It is also known as "Gossamer"
  • Spider silk is stronger than any known natural or synthetic fiber on Earth
  • A pencil thick strand of silk could stop a Boeing 747 in flight
  • Scientists today are still unable to replicate spider silk 

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