Regenerative and Organic Silk Fibre Cultivation

Hilmond Hui Friday, 1 October 2021

In this bumper 42 minute lesson, Vice President of Bombyx, Hilmond Hui, takes us through how they are combining traditional sericulture techniques with regenerative farming, technology and research to produce ethical, sustainable silk.

Bombyx is a 6-year project under the umbrella of PSGHL, a garment manufacturing hub in China. Their aim is to create a vertical supply chain that will ulimately decrease margins - silk is a massively expensive fabric after all - while increasing demand for better methods, such as regenerative farming. Here the onus is on the very start of the supply chain for silk fibre, with the inputs of mulberry leaves. Hilmond generously and energetically provides wisdom on what traditional sericulture looks like in China, what regenerative organic methods can bring to this industry and beyond, and the nuances of ethics when it comes to mulberry silk.


In this Lesson you will learn:

  • Who Bombyx are and what they do
  • What organic and regenerative agriculture looks like in regards to silk cultivation
  • About traditional sericulture in China, and the inputs needed for fabric and garment production
  • How regenerative silk production can support sustainable livelihoods
  • The ethics of mulberry sericulture

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