Eri Silk, also known as endi or errandi, is a famous ‘vanya’ or wild silk of Tamil Nadu
. It is termed as wild because its source, the eri silkworm (Philosamia ricini), is reared by the tribal communities.
It is popular for its thermal property, which makes it the right material for making shawls, carpets and other warm products. In addition this silk can be blended with cotton, wool, jute and mulberry silk to create a new range of fabrics. This property, along with its natural shine, has made it popular in the world of fashion and interior decoration. Fineness, density and strength are its other major qualities. It is non-toxic since it does not undergo any chemical process in the production phase.