The yarn is spun from the remnants of the production of silk saris in Nepal. Darn Good Yarn only works with co-ops in Nepal that offer fair trade pricing for the spinning of the yarn.
From their website:
Not only will you get some great yarn from Darn Good Yarn you’ll be contributing to a grassroots economy in Nepal. When you knit and craft up this yarn you’ll automatically be connected with the people, mainly women, living on the other side of the world…We only do business with co-ops who provide fair trade and wages to the people who create Darn Good Yarn’s yarn. This in turn provides locals with wages, healthcare & education benefits for them and their families.
Their recycled silk sari yarn is quite beautiful. The yarn is very reasonably priced and comes already balled, so you can get to knitting right away.
For the more “adventurous” yarn-a-holics, there is the blender. This yarn is a far less refined recycled silk sari yarn. It is louder, bumpier and has bits and bobs of whole silk thrown in for good measure.
All in all, Darn Good Yarn has a great selection for anyone who wants to support fair trade and perhaps try a new yarn.