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Our Yarns:

Lhasa

Our finest quality

Kathmandu 

available in traditional, overspun or cloud (loose)

Lotus

A washed version of Kathmandu

Rangy Changy

mixed silk & cotton

Rumpelstiltskin

mixed silk & cotton

Buddhist Blend

silk-free yarn w/ cotton, rayon & nylon fibers

Banana Yarns

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recycled Silk Yarn Kathmandu Himalaya Yarn

 

Recycled Handspun Silk Yarn

Bright and cheerful, our fairly traded hand spun recycled silk sari yarn is made by a women's collective group in Nepal (see photos).   This group, the Nepali Women Empowerment Group assists women through finding items to produce.  We carry six different qualities and styles of our recycled silk yarns with significant quantity discounts (jump to our selections).

A significant portion of the retail price goes to the women spinners and or goes to support assistance programs including educational grants to the weaver's children.  Called "rangy changy" by our ladies, which translates as colorful, this recycled silk yarn is homespun, allowing the ladies to go about their daily chores and watch the children.  Made by women in remote areas of Nepal.  This Himalaya Yarn from Kathmandu, Nepal is perfect for knitters and crotcheters  looking for something fun and different.

Recycled Silk yarn from remnants and scraps of contemporarily-produced Indian saris, this colorful yarn is 100% silk and silk remnants and makes vibrantly hued scarves, hats, mittens and other items!  While it is called "recycled" the yarn is actually made of unused silk fibers left over after making saris - the raw material is NOT used or recycled saris!   Often called Himalaya or Himalayan Yarn, Nepalese Yarn, Kathmandu Yarn, Rungy Chungy Yarn, or Tibetan Yarn, this recycled silk yarn is soft and fun to work with!  Learn how recycled silk yarn is made.

 

Recycled Silk Yarn from Kathmandu Nepal in the Himalaya

Silk Yarn Skeins

 

  Our Himalayan recycled silk yarn colors are spun together in a complex manner, no two skeins are exactly alike.  At this time, 100% silk solid color yarn is difficult to obtain.  Those selling solid color "recycled silk yarn" are most likely selling yarns that actually have no silk in them!  Its light to bulky weight knits up great on size 7 or larger needles.  Not over spun like some natural yarns, many people say this is the best recycled yarns they've tried.  If you would like us to match two or more skeins, just let us know and we will attempt to do so; be aware that each skein is completely different work of textile artistry.  Because recycled silk yarn is handspun, each skein varies in its color, gauge, twist and texture.  The best grades are lighter in weight and have smaller gauge. 

NOT ALL RECYCLED YARNS ARE ALIKE:  We carry several grades of recycled yarn:  Most are 100% silk, unless otherwise noted.  However, many other sellers online actually sell lower-grade yarns that have 30% or less silk (and some that contain no silk whatsoever!) and are made up of mostly rayon, nylon or cotton fibers.  We no longer offer balls - only skeins, as we've found that the consistency of skeins is better (sometimes balls would have high quality yarn on the outside and lower quality on the inside!!)  We GUARANTEE the quality and content of our yarns. 

OUR SELECTION OF RECYCLED SILK YARNS:

please note:  yarns are sold by weight, some skeins are 100g and some are 200g

  Lhasa Recycled Silk Yarn
Our finest quality recycled silk yarn that feels like velvet:  this premium, Grade A yarn is 100% silk, ultra-smooth, soft, evenly spun, and lightweight.  This is the best quality yarn on the market.  Compare to others "handpicked" yarn.  Any garment or item you make from this will be so soft and silky the wearer will swear they're wearing pashmina!

Crafted using the finest silk remnants, it has a smaller gauge than our other Nepalese recycled silk yarns.  Guaranteed to be made from 100% of the finest quality silk remnants. Without a doubt, if you like recycled Himala yarns, you'll love this one!  If you've worked with recycled silk yarns before, this is the midas grade! 

Each skein is made only by master spinners from the finest hand-picked remnants.  Perfect for items that will be close to your skin!  This is the yarn we use for our deluxe silk scarves. 

Please note:  while this yarn comes in 100gram skeins compared to most of our other yarn coming in 200gram skeins, you'll find the little extra cost is worth it!  Comes in 100 gram skeins, approx. 75-90 yards per skein, assorted colors

$10 per 100g skein, buy 3 skeins for $26.00 (save $4), 6 skeins for $50.00 (save $10)or BEST DEAL:  10 skeins for $80.00 (save $20.00)

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you can specify loose, medium or tight spun yarn

Handpicked Best Quality Recycled Silk Sari Yarn

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Top grade 100% silk recycled yarn skeins

recycled silk sari yarn

 

  Rangy Changy Recycled Silk Yarn
Mixed recycled yarn, made from mostly silk (70-80%) remnants but comprised of both silk and cotton (20-30%) recycled fibers.  Soft and pliable, this yarn has the same feel as our Lhasa and Kathmandu yarns at a great price.  Unless we told you, you wouldn't know it wasn't 100% silk.  

This quality (or even lower quality) is what MOST of our competitors sell as "recycled silk sari yarn".  Its the most affordable style we sell (trust us.. there are many grades of this yarn that are less expensive).  Many of our clients actually prefer this to the 100% silk yarns.  Evenly spun, with well aligned threads, the strands are very strong. 

Comes in 200 gram skeins, approx. 150-160 yards per skein, assorted colors

$12 per 200g skein, buy 3 skeins for $30.00 (save $6), 5 skeins for $48 (save $12) or BEST DEAL:  10 skeins for $85 (save $35)

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you can specify loose, medium or tight spun yarn

Rungy Chungy silk yarn from Nepal

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Rungi Chuni Recycled Silk Yarn with Nylon Cotton and Rayon

 

  Kathmandu Recycled Silk Yarn
Very soft and slightly under spun, our Kathmandu Silk yarn is 100% First Grade A silk.  This Himalaya yarn is a little fluffy and perfect for almost all projects that call for recycled silk such as hats, scarves, gloves, and shawls.  Many of our clients like it because of is texture.  This somewhat loosely spun recycled silk yarn has somewhat "sloppy" aligned strands but that just makes it a little more full.  It has strong strands that is best used for knitting or crocheting with a larger needle. 

Comes in 200 gram skeins, approx. 160 - 185 yards per skein, assorted colors

$13.00 per 200g skein, buy 3 for $35 (save $4), 5 for $55.00 (save $10) or BEST DEAL:  10 skeins for $100.00

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you can specify loose, medium or tight spun yarn

Kathmandu Recycled Silk Yarn

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Katmandu recycled silk sari yarn

 

 

  Kathmandu Overspun Silk Yarn
This first grade A yarn is 100% silk, soft, slightly over spun, with a stiff consistency that is perfect for projects that need a little bit of support.

Compare to other supplier's "twisted" Kathmandu yarn.  Essentially identical to our Kathmandu yarn above, just a little tighter spun.  This recycled silk yarn is spun tightly, giving it a slight stiff feel, but with vibrant colors and well aligned threads.   

Comes in 200 gram skeins, approx. 160 - 185 yards per skein, assorted colors

$13.00 per 200g skein, buy 3 for $35 (save $4), 5 for $55.00 (save $10) or BEST DEAL:  10 skeins for $100.00

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you can specify loose, medium or tight spun yarn

Tightly spun silk yarn

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Overspun Silk Yarn

 

  Lotus Bath Recycled Silk Yarn
This version of our Kathmandu grade A first quality recycled silk yarn has been carefully hand bathed with a fabric softener then allowed to sun dry, creating a soft, silky and almost fluffy yarn that is slightly under spun, perfect for people who like to work with a bulkier silk yarn.  The washing process also tends to make the colors blend into one another a little more seamlessly.  So soft you'll think you're working with pashmina.  The softest recycled yarn you will ever work with!  

You can get a similar feel by bathing any of our other yarns in a solution of water and fabric softener!

Comes in 200 gram skeins, approx. 160 - 185 yards per skein, assorted colors

$16.00 per 200g skein, buy 3 for $40.00, 5 for $62.00 or BEST DEAL:  10 skeins for $120.00

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CURRENTLY OUT OF STOCK - INTENSE DEMAND.  EXPECTED BACK IN DURING THE MONTH OF MARCH OR EARLY APRIL, 2006  THE QUANTITIES WE CAN GET IS VERY LIMITED, CONSIDER PLACING AN ORDER SO YOU ARE SURE TO GET SOME WHEN IT ARRIVES (YOUR ORDER WILL NOT BE PROCESSED UNTIL WE RECEIVE THE YARN / VERIFY YOUR ORDER) 

Hand Washed Recycled Silk Sari Yarn

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Recycled Silk Washed Yarn Skeins

 

  Rumpelstiltskin Recycled Silk Yarn
Mixed recycled yarn, with a dominant amount of gold and yellow gold threads made from mostly silk (70-80%) remnants but comprised of both silk and Nylon and or Rayon (20-30%) recycled fibers.  Soft and pliable, this yarn has the same feel as our Lhasa and Kathmandu yarns at a great price.  Often with gold colors mixed in, this is a beautiful, shiny yarn.  Unless we told you, you wouldn't know that there was nylon or rayon fibers in it.   Comes in 200 gram skeins, approx. 150-160 yards per skein, assorted colors

$12 per 200g skein, buy 3 skeins for $30.00 (save $6), 5 skeins for $48 or BEST DEAL:  10 skeins for $85 (save $35)

CURRENTLY OUT OF STOCK - EXPECTED BACK IN STOCK SOMETIME IN MARCH or EARLY APRIL 2006

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gold recycled silk yarn

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recycled silk yellow sari yarn skeins

  Banana Silk Yarns
Looking for something different?  Try our banana silk yarn.  Yes, it is actually made from the leaves and stalks of banana plants mixed with some silk.  In many tropical countries in Southeast Asia, banana trees were widely used for making a fabric called "jusi".  Available in both solid colors (hand kettle dyed) and mixed hand painted colors.  Dozens of colors, including custom dye lots (coming soon)

Completely renewable and sustainable.   Comes in 200 gram skeins, approx. 150 - 160 yards per skein, assorted colors  Click here for color choices  (coming soon)

$12.00 per 200g skein, buy 3 for $32.00, 4 for $48.00 or BEST DEAL:  10 skeins for $85.00

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CURRENTLY OUT OF STOCK - EXPECTED BACK IN STOCK IN LATE APRIL 2006
 

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To purchase our sari yarns, visit our website:

Recycled Silk Yarn   Himalayan Yarn  Rungy Chungy Yarn  Katmandu Yarn

You can also make requests for specific colors and we'll do our best to select the closest match from our inventory (we usually have anywhere from 500 to 1000 skeins in stock). While our selection of colors is random, and mostly falls into the reds, fuchsia, and pinks and purples category, with some having other colors such as blues and greens and rarely, yellows or golds; you can select secondary colors such as mostly reds, red with some blues, red with some yellows, reds with oranges, reddish-purples, purples, greens, pinks, yellows, oranges, wild colors and just about any other color combination you can imagine! MOST yarn (90% plus) is primarily red, fuchsia, purples and maroons.  PLEASE take this into consideration when ordering.   Please make a first and second request in the notes field at checkout!  Please be specific when requesting colors (i.e. light pink versus dark pink) and include any colors you really don't want (i.e. 'I only want reds with blues but without greens').  If you would like a consistent look to your project, let us know and we can try and match the skeins you order.  If you want a WILD pattern, let us know and we'll send you an assortment. 

Please note: Since this yarn is made from recycled materials, the colors are not true (i.e. a blue skein might contain 20-70% blue fibers but not 100% of the same color threads throughout. It will be quite mixed - but that's part of the fun!)

We also have matching scarves, hats, gloves & mittens and purses (coming soon!)

SHIPPING CHARGES: Our system isn't entirely accurate in quoting accurate shipping rates.. typically your shipping cost via USPS will be around $4.50 for up to 10 200g skeins. With the US Postal service we can now ship up to 30 or so (+/-) 200g skeins for the low price of around $9.50!  We will only charge you the exact shipping charges. 

If you're paying by credit card we'll adjust the shipping and only charge you what it costs us. If you're paying by Paypal we'll refund any excess shipping paid.  Thanks in advance for your consideration!

A NOTE TO INTERNATIONAL BUYERS: We only ship via US PRIORITY GLOBAL MAIL - it is only a few dollars more than airmail (which takes up to 3 weeks) and is usually delivered in 3-5 days. We DO NOT ship ground (which can take 2 - 5 months and is NOT much cheaper than airmail).  Regrettably, shipping International is VERY EXPENSIVE - please contact us for a quote. Also note: we MUST declare the full price of the yarn on the customs forms so you will most likely have to pay taxes and or duty. Thank you for understanding!

Quantity and Wholesale requests: Minimum quantities/and or minimum opening order required! Please call Scott at: (916) 443-2057.

*There is a distinct smell to ALL recycled silk yarn.  Typically, the higher the grade of yarn, the less the initial smell (ie our Lhasa yarn has almost no desernable odor).  Smell any silk garment and you will find a similar scent. This scent tends to fade once it is knitted into something.

 

 

This site was last updated 03/22/11