Art / DALAT / Vietnam

From Caterpillar to thread – the remarkable story of silk

When we visited Dalat , we went with our guide Juan, to visit a silk factory .

The story begins with a hungry caterpillar (in the picture above it’s on my mother’s hand), gobbling and gobbling leaves. When it is large enough, it spins a cocoon around itself.

Then the factory begins production process : They cut the cocoon and pull out the sleeping larva ( and then eat it !) .

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The Photo below shows the empty cocoons ready to enter the machine to make the thread.

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In the next stage, the empty cocoons are boiled in hot water. Boiling water help to unravel the cocoons into thread and clean the dirt . Each coccon is composed of four hundred meters of thread!

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After unraveling the cocoons, another machine is used to roll the silk threads into skeins .

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The process at the factory is complete .

Many things are manufactured from the silk thread: garments , scarves , tablecloths and many more . The photo below shows silk flowers.

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