Part II on our visit to a traditional silk factory in Margilan, Uzbekistan. This time focusing on the process used.
Silk Making: Silk Worms
It starts with harvested silkworm cocoons…
Silk Making: Extracting the fiber
Then soaking the cocoons to soften so the fiber can be extracted…
Silk Making: Spinning Thread
Then stretching the raw fiber and weaving it into a thread using this machine…
Silk Making: A Skein of Silk
To produce a skein of raw silk just like this…
Silk Making: Natural Dyes
Which, in this traditional factory, is dyed using natural dyes made from plants and plant extracts.
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I understand now why every beautiful silk dress I see is so expensive! Such an interesting process.
I always wonder how somebody originally came up with ideas like spinning thread from a cocoon. So labor intensive and so interesting.