Updated: Dec 17, 2020
Silk and Me
On the day I was born, my family started to farm silk. My parents believed this was a sign of good luck and named me “Saimai” after the strands of silk.
My childhood was blessed with countless memories of silk. I spent my days playing in the mulberry fields enjoying their delicious fragrance knowing that someday those mulberry leaves will be part of the process that will make silk. At night, I dreamed I could make the cocoons grow bigger and faster, imagining massive cocoons with endless thread and the exquisite fabrics they would create.
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I remember the joy of being around the farmers when the cocoons were carefully collected and delivered to my family farm. I can hear the laughter of the women and men as they arranged the cocoons in baskets and carried them to the silk factory. I can still picture the workers delicately reeling the threads, the rhythmic hum of the latest machines, and that one-of-a-kind fragrance drifting in the warm air. They were always smiling, as if a joke had been quietly shared.
I realized sericulture is the first link in the chain that connects the simple farmer to high society. It’s an industry that connects agriculture, the industry and fashion together. The sequence, if well-managed, benefits everyone. It provides a livelihood for the farmer and fabric makers and fashionable silks for the wearer. Silk has benefited generations of Asian women and their families.
Sericin and Me
The old masters of China, Thailand and Japan have known for centuries that silk is more than a textile. Over time, I learned about the extraordinary properties of silk proteins. Gradually, I realized sericulture is a way of life that had become part of my identity. Silk held a powerful place in my heart and mind, and I could not resist my passion for this incredible natural product.
One of my strongest childhood memories is the hands of the workers that tenderly held my hand or stroked my face. They were soft and supple, unusual for labourers. I assumed it was associated with handling the cocoons and set out to discover why. I learned about sericin, an exceptional natural protein found in the discarded husks of the cocoons. I knew this was why the workers’ hand were always soft and recognized its potential in skin creams, cosmetics and beauty care products.
I also studied its medical applications, from tissue engineering to drug delivery. Sericin is an anti-inflammatory that can improve colon health and protect the body from obesity. Its antioxidant characteristics show promise in the field of oncology to combat tumours.
Could sericin be a panacea?
I then asked myself why, with so many miraculous properties, so few companies integrated silk proteins in their products?
What I discovered is that the extraction process is time-consuming and requires specific knowledge. Moreover, ensuring a reliable supply of cocoons with consistent quality was difficult.
This is when I recognized my destiny was to share the extraordinary properties of sericin with the world. Collaborating with research teams and scientists from Thailand and Europe, we developed processes to overcome the challenges that had previously kept silk out of skin care, cosmetics, and medicine.
With my team at SeriTech, and our strong partners, we have created a sustainable, proprietary process to remove the barriers that once restricted the remarkable properties of silk proteins from the global market.
I am very proud of my rich heritage. I am also proud of what we have accomplished in just 2 years. We are lifting the veil shrouding the powers of sericin and empowering future generations.
SeriTech is building a global company to make silk proteins and a new generation of cosmetics and medical applications widely available.