More than 1% of the world's biodiversity is represented within an isolated region of northeastern Madagascar. Here, in its largest remaining rainforest, farmers and artisans are engaging in a new kind of conservation: wild silk production.
Conservation through Poverty Alleviation International (CPALI) has developed a patented solution to conservation issues that results in unique, artisan textiles made of wild silk. Farmers plant native trees, produce a no-kill wild silk, and earn comfortable living wages through sustainable, silk-based livelihoods.
100% of the profits from Wild Silk Markets are returned directly to Madagascar.
Why Wild Silk?
Our greatest strength as a project is that we invest in resources that are already present: native species, local leadership, and local artisan skills.
We currently work with two species of wild silk, both endemic to Madagascar: Antherina surka and Ceranchia apollina. In order to conserve native species, farmers learn to rear these moths with care and harvest the silk using a no-kill method that allows the silkworm to continue its lifecycle into adulthood and become a moth.
The no-kill method, however, shortens the fiber length of the silk and makes it less viable for spinning. Non-spun silk, as our chosen alternative, offers an even greater reward -- unique, natural beauty as nature intended it.