One of the basic principles of Debbie Tzima is to contribute to the protection of the environment and therefore the company is constantly searching for ecologically mnufactured raw materials.
Our Scarves are produced and printed at the northeast part of Greece, right in the centre of the Evros, Soufli. This small town enjoyed international recognition in the late 19th century due to its unique flourishing sericulture industry for silkworm rearing for the production of silk.
Until the 1980s, this remote part of Greece retained its reputation as part of the Byzantine “silk road” because its economy was almost exclusively based on the production of high-quality silk yarn that was exported to the rest of Europe. As a mater of fact, Soufli was the only town, not just in Greece but in the wider Europe, involved in the production of silk. Visitors to the town can still see the “koukoulospita”, high-ceiling houses, where the upper floors were once used to house silkworms and their cocoons.
As years went by, Soufli suffered the economic consequences caused by the political and social turbulence of Greece. Because of this, the inhabitants of Soufli became scarce and forced to move to urban areas, even abroad.
Today, local authorities and the people of Soufli have put their efforts and know-how together in order to revive the silk industry in order to regenerate the town. As part of this, the self-governing body of Soufli has created a spinning mill and it has offered land to farmers in order to cultivate mulberry trees. As well as this, it is renovating an old mansion to be used as a hostel and model silk rearing area. Environmental organizations together with the Ministry of Education have conducted a series of educational programs that include visits to several areas of northern Greece in order to explain the benefits of sericulture and showcase the methods applied by Soufli’s craftsmen and women. Around 200 individuals are employed in the local silk industry today ranging from sericulture to selling silk products at stores, as well as artisans working on embroideries at home.
The rearing of the silkworm
The silkworm in Soufli is fed with mulberry tree leaves. The mulberry tree presents extremely comparative advantages compared to other crops such as:
Degumming (the process of removing the sericin, or silk gum, from silk.)
The cocoon degumming process in Soufli uses zero chemicals and only Marseille soap made from vegetable oils.
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