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Silk Making in Uzbekistan

Posted on | November 16, 2012 | 2 Comments


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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2 Responses to “Silk Making in Uzbekistan”

  1. Danielle (Bubs on the Move)
    November 20th, 2012 @ 6:44 pm

    I understand now why every beautiful silk dress I see is so expensive! Such an interesting process.

  2. Sonja
    November 23rd, 2012 @ 4:48 pm

    I always wonder how somebody originally came up with ideas like spinning thread from a cocoon. So labor intensive and so interesting.

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