The silk of peace
Working to build a sustainable future is a big challenge and a long-term commitment. For us at Capsula, sustainability is a journey we take step by step, each time a collection is born.
At their core, the refined and contemporary pieces of the autumn-winter 20/21 collection embody the way the modern woman wants to live her life: comfortable, elegant and with respect for the environment and life.
To convey that timeless sophistication that never goes out of style and, at the same time, guarantee the commitment to minimize our impact on the planet, the new collection was born from one of the most coveted, stunning and seductive fabrics ever produced: silk.
The discovery of silk by man is full of legends. One of these legends says that, around the 27th century BC, the Chinese empress Hsi-Ling was resting in her garden and, while she was enjoying her afternoon tea, a silkworm cocoon fell into her hot drink. The empress realized that, softened, the cocoon could be unwound, forming a thread. Hsi-Ling became interested in the art of creating cocoons and took the silkworm caterpillars to her royal chambers, where she protected them from their natural enemies and the weather, thus initiating domestic silkworm culture.
Legends aside, we know that, since its origins, silk has been cultivated from silkworms that subsist on the leaves of mulberry trees, a low-impact process because mulberry trees are resistant to pollution and easy to cultivate.
When produced by hand, silk consumes almost zero energy and meets most guidelines for sustainable fabric production. However, although silk is a natural fiber and can be grown sustainably, its production runs into ethical issues and is often criticized for its controversial treatment of silkworms.
Conventional silk is made by boiling intact cocoons and then unwinding the silk cord into spools, but the so-called organic silk or “silk of peace” lets the silkworm live its full life cycle.
Today, our silk garments are made from 94% sustainably sourced materials. The only added component is elastane. A small percentage, enough to avoid deformation of the piece over time.
Our aim is that all of our items are made from 100% sustainably sourced materials. Until then, we will continue to bring you “non-seasonal” collections, aiming to present durability, utility and comfort in a contemporary way, while continuing to work to make our collection even more sustainable.