The Utilization Of Silk Fiber Weaving Waste As An Eco-Fashion Product (Case Study: Tarogong Silk Center, Garut, West Java)


  • Dian Widiawati Institut Teknologi Bandung
  • Devi Candraditya Hady Institut Teknologi Bandung
  • Ratna Panggabean Institut Teknologi Bandung


The impact of various phenomena and issues to the today’s environment should cause shifts in the mind-set of the public living in it. One of the efforts to support the environmental conservation movement was to manufacture eco-fashion products, among which are the use of by-products to create textile and fashion products. This case study discusses the potential of using silk weaving by-product into high value commodities. So far, the utilization of such by-product is only limited to raw material for yarn. However, the remaining volume of the silk fiberis so overwhelming incineration is the only viable solution to clear floor space. The by-product is abundant, especially in the area of Tarogong, Garut, West Java where not many people are keen to use it for fashion goods of high value. Through creativity and deep exploration of silk weaving by-products and their various characteristics, they can be used as an alternative material for textile products. In the early stage of this study, numerous methods were used to create the good textile products by using the macramé technique. The method to process the silk fiber weaving by-product as the main ingredient focuses on maximizing the potential and improves the quality as well as its aesthetic value so that it could become alternative high quality textile and fashion products. The process is also expected to be able to be an alternative to reduce waste caused by the weaving industry and fiber manufacturers. Also, it provides opportunities for home industries to become major players that create impact on the economic empowerment of the community at large.

Keywords: aesthetic value, creativity, eco fashion, silk fibers, utilization, weaving waste