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Richard S. Peigler Collection




The Richard S. Peigler Collection consists of 34 pieces of cloth made of wild silk and one piece made of domesticated silk ([1}Bombyx mori{2]), all of which are recorded in the Flora database. They are documented under the following inventory numbers : 47023577- 47023591 ; 47023619-47023622 ; 47023625 ; 47023627 ; 47024036 and 47024037 ; 47024040 ; 47026351 ; 47034920 à 47034926 ; 47038274 and 47038275


Richard S. Peigler is an American university professor and a specialist in Lepidoptera Saturniidae and their natural product: silk.. He is very interested in our institution and every year he gives us various cloths woven of wild silk, thus enriching our collection.


The pieces donated by Richard S. Peigler are of excellent quality and very representative of the different types of cloth that can be made with wild silk:ties, scarves, shawls, etc.

conditions of access and use

Certain pieces can be displayed and thus be accessible to a large audience. The collection may also be consulted onsite by researchers on request to the curator of the collection.

additional sources

other collections at the musée des Confluences

The collection of the Silk Laboratory also includes a number of woven items made with wild silk, along with many samples: : cocoons, floss, skeins, etc.

short bibliography (publications and articles available at the CCEC)

  • Badola (K.) et Peigler (R.S.), 2013. - Eri Silk, Cocoon to Cloth, Dehra Dun (India), 93 pp.

  • Mitamura (T.), 2013. - The handbook of Japanese cocoons (en japonais), 112 pp.

  • Peigler (R.S.), 1989 - A revision of the indo-australian genus Attacus. The Lepidoptera Research Foundation, Inc. Beverly Hills – California, USA ; 167 pp. (inclus cartes et planches).

  • Peigler (R.S.), 1999. - Taxonomy, distribution, and sericultural potential of the american species of Antheraea (Saturniidae). Bulletin of Indian Academy of Sericiculture, 3 (1): 1-10.

  • Peigler (R.S.) et Baird (J.W.), 2001. - Preliminary Experiments to Spin Silks of Seven Species of Saturniidae from North America. International Journal of Wild Silkmoth and Silk, 6: 1-6.

  • Peigler (R.S.) et Naumann (S.), 2003. - A revison of the silkmoth genus Samia. University of the Incarnate Word – San Antonio, USA ; 230 pp. + cartes + planches

  • Ramos (C.N.) et Peigler (R.S.), 1999. - Comparative utltrastructure of silk fibers for identifying silk textiles. International Journal of Wild Silkmoth and Silk, 4: 17-29.

  • Ravindra (N.S.) et Beera (S.), 2012. - Eri Culture, New Dehli (India), 221 pp.



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