|We learned a lot of neat things about making
silk. Here's what I found most interesting:
||- The quality of silk does not depend so much on the worm's
origin (Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, etc.), but more on the
conditions (food, environment) in which it's raised.
|| - Each worm produces two kinds of silk for its cocoon -
a thin inner layer ("fine" silk) and a thicker outer
layer ("raw" silk). It takes 1,000 cocoons to make
a medium-sized sweater!
|| - After the worm produces its silk, the weavers boil the
cocoons (worms inside) and remove the silk by hand, using
a spindle. The knots are then removed and the silk is dyed,
dried and ready for weaving.