Silk worms and silk making

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This was an interesting but as slightly saddening part of the trip. The cocoons from silk worms can be used to make silk thread that is 1km long. These ladies, use the collected silk worm cocoons and spend their days with their hands in boiling water, threading the cocoons onto the machines, and discarding the poor silk worms and excess parts that can’t be used. These threads are wound onto the machine and with a specific pattern hooked up to it the machine clamps down and up all day to create rolls and rolls of patterned (or plain) silk material. Amazing to see as I learnt about this at school, but a little confronting too!

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