Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests

by Conservation through Poverty Alleviation, Int
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Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
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Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests

Project Report | Jun 3, 2021
Gathering plant dyes and preparing IFAM

By Catherine Craig | President CPALI

Dyeing textiles in the rain
Dyeing textiles in the rain

July is International Folk Art Market month!  The team has been working hard, even during the the rain, to dye new products with new dyes.  While they have not been able to travel due to Madagascar's Covid restrictions, their products hopefully will arrive in time.  

While we have always used eco-friendly dyes sold by a US company, we have  been transitioning to all natural plant dyes for 2 years.  Farmers that work with SEPALIM are helping by gathering plants and some are even beginning to grow them on their farms. In addition, Mamy has set up a network of carpenters in Maroantsetra to save wood powders for him from which he makes dyes. The team is hoping to develop new natural dyes, including "Madagascar indigo". 

It has been fascinating to learn how differently the cocoons spun by different caterpillar species, as well as cocoons spun by the same species of caterpillar react, to the dyes.  Could this be due to varying amounts and kinds of sericin (the glue the caterpillars produce so fibers adhere to one another)?  Furthermore, different types of cocoons spun by different species (different types of silk proteins) vary as well.  Isn't the world of caterpillar diversity fascinating, surprising and marvelous?!

C. apollina silk vs B. mori silk, same plant dye
C. apollina silk vs B. mori silk, same plant dye
New products celebrating Madagascar
New products celebrating Madagascar

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