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Dr. Teena Jennings-Rentenaar, our own PiPN professor, creates new silk fiber!

Posted By Sherry Mulne, Offinger Management Co., Monday, May 03, 2010
Updated: Sunday, August 21, 2011

Dr. Teena Jennings-Renenaar has always been drawn to the silk moth like, well, a moth to a flame . . .

A University of Akron professor of Family and Consumer Sciences, and one of the primary academicians involved in developing and teaching TNNA's acclaimed internship program (PiPN), Dr. Jennings has been involved in fibers since her childhood.

Recently highlighted in the Akron Beacon Journal, she first learned the technique of creating silk from the native women in Madagascar. Now she's taken what she's learned from them, and has developed a process of harvesting silk fiber from the cocoon of America's largest wild moth, the giant cecropia, indigenous to the Appalachian region of the United States.

Dr. Jennings notes this new silk is created using a technique that doesn't harm the moth, a process unlike that used in far east silk production. The result is a fiber with a less lustrous sheen and more variegated color, but just as luxurious.

This new silk is still in the development stage, but Dr. Jennings envisions a future in which this moth and the resulting fibers, will become a cottage industry in the region, providing opportunities for growth and development.

In the meantime, Dr. Jennings continues to assist the women of Madagascar by acting as the point person for a cooperative that imports and sells their hand-made silk products. For more information, please contact Dr. Jennings at <tj9 @ uakron.edu>. (please remove spaces when emailing).

Someday, perhaps, she'll be selling products made from this new, unique fiber as well.

Tags:  Akron Beacon J Madagascar  cecropia  Dr. Teena Jennings-Rentenaar  moth  Needlework news  Pathways into Professional Needlearts  PiPN  silk  TNNA  TNNA Youth Outreach  University of Akron 

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