A bit about us

    
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	mso-ansi-language:EN-NZ;}   Silkbody founders, father and daughter team David (right) & Emily Cooper (left), with new owner Laurian (centre).

Silkbody founders, father and daughter team David (right) & Emily Cooper (left), with new owner Laurian (centre).

All travellers look for the perfect product to make their journey as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. While travelling in Vietnam in the early 1990s, Silksak founder David Cooper discovered that lightweight, luxurious silk was the best fabric for sleeping in. He found that natural silk kept the body cool in hot and humid conditions, was great for keeping mosquitoes and other insects at bay and washed and dried quickly and easily.  On returning to New Zealand he found that a silk liner was ideal for using inside a sleeping bag for adding warmth, keeping the bag clean and reducing tangles. It quickly became an essential item for tramping and camping trips, being lightweight and compact too.

The Silksak silk sleeping bag liner that is manufactured in Vietnam to David’s specifications has now been selling in New Zealand and Australia since 1995. Silksak silk liners are also now available in the United Kingdom and Europe.

Each Silksak is made of the finest fibre spun by the tiny silk caterpillar, creating an incredibly lightweight, luxurious finished product essential for travelling and nights spent in the outdoors.

In 2002 our fascination with silk that had started with the Silksak, led us to create Silkbody, a range of natural silk clothing for everyday, outdoor and travel wear.

Silkbody is now owned and run by Laurian Godwin.

 

Sustainable

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES ARE AT THE FOREFRONT OF OUR COMPANY’S OPERATIONS.

 
 White mulberry leaf

By its nature, sericulture (silk production) is earth-friendly. The mulberry leaves eaten by the silk caterpillars that spin the silk are a renewable and sustainable crop as the trees produce year after year. They are replaced after 8 years, after which they are not such vigorous growers and the leaves are not so tasty. No pesticides can be used on the mulberry trees. The silk caterpillars themselves demand the purest and best quality leaves as their food.

Silk fibres are highly absorptive and are easily dyed using low-impact fibre reactive dyes. We do not add any treatments to improve ant-static, flame retardance, wash-and-wear or anti-bacterial properties because silk is already naturally endowed with these properties.

Silk is also biodegradable and will decompose easily in landfills.

The Silksaks are manufactured by a family company in Vietnam. Social and ethical standards are maintained in all factories. Employees are paid reasonable wages and management personally visit the factories regularly to ensure standards are being met.

    
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	mso-ansi-language:EN-NZ;}   Box packaging is made of recycled cardboard

Silksak store display stands are made from environmentally-friendly materials such as recycled wood, natural paints and waxes.

Box packaging is made of recycled cardboard and printed material is printed on paper from sustainable forests using biodegradable inks.

At head office all office cardboard and paper is recycled or re-used. Through the Waste Exchange program run by the local council, we donate excess packaging waste, such as cardboard, tissue paper and plastic bags to community organisations, schools and kindergartens for use in projects and teaching.

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