Hai, There was an article on the ahimsa silk in the Hindu Metro dated 6th March 2007. I am giving the necessary details. Mr.Kusuma Rajaiah is the inventor of this Ahimsa silk. He is the Technical Officer in the Andhra Pradesh Handloom Weavers' cooperative Society. He got this idea whne Mrs.Janaki Venkataraman, ex-first lady, enquired whether there is any silk saree which did not involve the killing of worms. He was driven to find it, when Amala also made a similar request. After much research and practice Mr.Rajaiah has made this dream possible. The silk is go from the ccocoons after the moth flies off. The swab left behind are then spun into yarn. This way, the butterfly is not killed. He says that Lohia Mills in Chattisgarh helped him in the production which was very difficult. The yarn became twisted and more elastic and also it could not be reeled. So the fabric could be machine spun only. He has identified weavers in Nalgonda District who can weave these sarees- not everyone can weave them. So the prices of these sarees are higher too. For weaving one saree, the wages are around Rs.1000. there are also salwar kameez sets, stolesand dhotis whith half fine zari (as pure zari contains silk thread). The sarees are available at a flat rate of Rs.4600. His best customer is Jennifer Yost from US who made a long dress for her wedding from this fabric. The news was published in the New York Morning Star along with the picture, he says. He can be contacted in the following address- e firstname.lastname@example.org i am sure many members would be interested.