Our business in silk is still relatively small. This means with VIDA, we do not have full containers of raw materials shipped from China to Pakistan (where our scarves are produced). Our supplier buys the silk fabric from middle men who import it from China. That means the traceability in the supply chain is not good enough to go back to the source of the raw materials (and the actual production on the silk farms). We hope to be able to reach that scale in the future but at this moment we are not there yet. Unfortunately, the bigger you are the more you can control every step of your supply chain. The smaller you are, the more you are dependent on extra steps in between from wholesales, traders and middle men. In general, silk production is not animal friendly. Even if the silk worm does not die in the first harvest, they will in the third or fourth. In the near future, we are looking into a more sustainable and animal friendly solution of producing silk. If the artists is very concerned for animal well being we would not recommend silk at all- as said before it is never truly animal friendly. We recommend to go for our "silk like tops"- made of a very nice, non shiny polyester. They are a great silk alternative.