Wild silk, also known as cruelty-free or Ahimsa silk, is harvested from the cocoon after the caterpillar has metamorphosized into a moth and flown off. "Ahimsa" means "without violence", an apt description of how wild silk is harvested.
This differs from the farmed silk that accounts for the majority of silk production worldwide. Commercially farmed silk cocoons are harvested before metamorphosis. The caterpillar pupae are killed by either sticking a needle in the cocoon or dropping it into boiling water. After they're killed, the silk is harvested. For each one yard of woven silk produced, 1500 silk worms are killed.
See one of our many gorgeous wild silk scarves here.