There are two different ways to make beautiful natural silk. The conventional way is to breed silkworms (Bombyx mori) in large quantities, wait shortly until they have made their cocoon and then boil rapidly to harvest the silk. The other way is to wait patiently until the silkworm has turned into a beautiful butterfly, let it fly and then use the silk cocoon that is left….This type of sustainable silk production is small-scale and was called ‘peace silk' by Ghandi himself. The current fashion industry is too much based on this first principle where people and the environment are not respected … Bombyx offers an alternative.
The world is changing, consumers become more conscious, the demand for quality and values is increasing. There is no way around it. Bombyx is here to help retailers be one step ahead, seize this opportunity and make long-term profits.
"Bombyx, Tales of..." is the private label of Solid Crafts.
Solid Crafts founds & manages workshops in collaboration with local ngo's: www.solidinternational.be
PERU – Ayacucho (Andes)
Manta offers quality crochet, hand knitting, handloom knitting ( fine & chunky knits) and embroidery skills. Suppliers are being tested on compliance and service.
MANTA: A SUSTAINABLE KNITTING AND CROCHETTING WORKSHOP
Many Peruvian women are very skilled in handicrafts. Manta seized this opportunity and started a knitting workshop where we give them guidance to produce high quality handmade knitting, embroidery and crocheting items such as wall-hangings and plaids. All made with natural Peruvian alpaca, wool or cotton.
In 2017 Manta made more than 35.000 hand made knitted items to multiple clients all around the world.
Under our own private label: ‘Bombyx Tales of Peru’ we offer our collection to retailers.
Profits resulting from our commercial activities are directly injected in DIA, a social organization in Ayacucho that focuses on independence and empowerment of girls in situations of risk, mainly teenage mothers. Dia not only does home-counseling, but also assists in living, education, crisis shelter and childcare projects, always with “empowerment” of the women as the final goal.
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Manta cooperates with the best yarn providers in Peru who offer a wide variety of qualities and shades, guaranteeing international standards. Next to alpaca, the most luxurious and finest fiber of Peru, Manta has access to high quality Cotton, Tensel, Silk and Highland sheep yarn.
Manta started in 2011 with 9 knitting ladies producing 60 beanies for a Belgian client; in 2015 Manta exported more than 30.000 made to order knits, employing 200 knitting ladies and servicing different clients all over the globe.
INDIA – Jharkhand
Paces Crafts offers sustainable employment for local weavers and underprivileged women who live in the countryside. Local people are trained by excellent craftsmen. Paces Crafts cooperates with the finest brands and retailers worldwide who treasure authenticity, sustainability and social awareness and uses the highest quality of yarns.
Solid Crafts started a private label called ‘Bombyx Tales of India’. This exclusive label offers beautifully handwoven shawls, plaids, pillows, and carpets made in high quality materials such as organic cotton, peace silk, Indian wool and recycled saris.
All generated profits of Paces Crafts are granted to the remarkable sister Jeanne Devos and her child refugee program called the Jaan Foundation: shelter for vulnarable children
Paces crafts uses high quality materials like organic cotton, peace silk, 100% merino wool, cashmere and pashmina blends. Suppliers are being tested on compliance and service.
Paces produces a wide variety of products – all made to order – being headwear, mittens, scarves, sweaters, plaids, poncho’s, gadgets, decoration objects, …
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Hadithi Crafts is a collection of traditional and contemporary sisal baskets, hand woven according to the Taita tradition. Women grow sisal on their fields. They braid and colour it to a beautiful rope.
Selling the baskets became an important source of income that empowers the local women. At this moment Haditihi works with more than 400 women.
Solid Crafts distributes the Hadithi brand in Benelux and Scandinavia.