35b of 51 Yarns: Muga Silk

This post is part of a spin-along through 51 Yarns by Jacey Boggs Faulkner, in the Wool n’ Spinning community. For other posts in this series, check here.

Muga Silk: Bottom left. It’s a warm golden-tan colour.

From the classic Bombyx silk which has been used globally for centuries, to a more specialized silk, which I had never heard of until I visited the Silk Weaving Studio in Vancouver. It’s called Muga Silk, and it’s from the Assam region of India. An Indian newspaper made a superb video about it that you can watch here.

This was easily my favorite of the silks I spun. I’m not very good at making perfectly accurate colour in my photos, but the Muga is a creamy gold that I find very inviting.

What’s more, the fiber was just so pleasant to spin. I wouldn’t say it was the easiest fiber ever, but it was much easier than Bombyx. I could spin short backwards from a strip of fiber, no problem. I gave it a lot of twist, putting my new high speed flyer at 30:1. I plied it on the tighter side (for silk) as well, going for a rounder yarn.

I’m very happy with the evenness of this yarn. It’s even enough to look good in both stockinette and lace. It came out a bit thicker than the Bombyx; it did not want to be spun quite as fine, if you know what I mean.

Proportionately, it has a little more airiness and hairiness, and a little less sheen. But it still is shiny, and it has that silk drape and heft to it.

Unlike Bombyx, pure Muga is a silk I would happily buy again, just for the joy of spinning it. It’s a very special fiber, and I’m so grateful Rachel took me to the Silk Weaving Studio and recommended it.

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