Why Wild Silk?

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.

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.

Conservation through Poverty Alleviation (CPALI) brings you unique, handmade silk textiles found nowhere else in the world. Crafted in the rainforests of Madagascar, our non-spun textiles are produced using a no-kill method that conserves vital rainforest area without harming silkworms or other native species. Malagasy farmers raise and harvest the silkworms themselves, and refine the final products into  beautiful silk textiles that can be sewn, embroidered, dyed, or made into jewelry or other goods. 100% of all profits are returned to Madagascar. Help us support Madagascar’s forests and Go Wild!

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