From ahimsa, non-violence. Silk that is spun from cocoons that have burst their cocoons, leaving the silk in strands, irregular, short lengths which cannot be reeled (as opposed to reeled silk which is reeled from cocoons which are thrown into boiling water to kill the chrysalis). Spun silk may not be as lustrous as reeled silk but has all the attributes of silk. Much favoured by vegetarians and groups that believe in non-killing. Also called Vegetarian or Peace Silk.