Textile Treasury: Cactus Silk
*UPDATE* This is a great blog post about the truth behind Cactus Silk if you feel like digging into it!
Cactus silk, aka Sabra silk, textiles are possibly one of our favorite Moroccan textiles for their amazing softness- a nice change from the wool textiles, which can sometimes be a bit scratchy. Another big plus for cactus silk is that it’s vegan- being made from the fiber of the Saharan aloe vera, a member of the agave family. The leaves are pounded and soaked until the fibers separate. Then the fibers are spun by hand to create a silky, but very strong thread. The thread is woven on looms to create the cactus silk. The colors are created with vegetable dyes. You can’t get more Jungalow than colorful rugs and pillows made from plants, right?!
While the huge rugs are dreamy, even the smallest of rugs made from cactus silk make beautiful wall hangings. We love the pillows made from rugs too- the perfect way to take advantage of the soft hand of cactus silk. Most of the pieces you’ll find incorporate traditional symbols into the design, so every rug or pillow tells it’s own story.