While staying at our White River accommodation, you should make time to visit Tsakani Silk. By taking the R40 to Nelspruit from White River, turn off on the Friedenheim road and you will find this unique shop.
Tsakani Silk is known as a pioneer in the development and promotion of silk products in South Africa. They use an interesting variety of both wild and cultivated silk to make their exquisite, one of a kind products. Today the company is not involved in silk farming, concentrating rather on the creation of fine quality products. Being at the forefront of silk items, they were also the first company to introduce silk filled duvets in South Africa.
A little information about silk
The cultivation of silk was first done by the Chinese about 2000 years ago and the best known cultivated silk is Mulberry Silk. Today, Mulberry Silk is cultivated the world over and remains the most popular. The is either white or yellow and soft to the touch.
The wild silk is derived from the Gonometa Postica moth which is found in the Kalahari Desert. Here the cocoons are harvested, degummed and processed either in South Africa, Namibia or Botswana. This silk slightly textured and it has a fawn colour.