Beijing, Silk Factory

One of the tours offered by the conference was to a silk factory.  I really wanted to see some of the process of making silk and was hoping to see artisans in action.  There was a presentation on silk production, from egg to strand, but no working artists.

The process from egg to cocoon happens relatively quickly, within a couple weeks. The silkworm eats voraciously, and molts 4 times before spinning its cocoon.  The species has been domesticated for so long, the adults can no longer fly.

 

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