A lady explained to us in English how silk was made. In separate baskets on a shelf were silk moths, eggs, larvae (at different ages) and cocoons.
|Silk moths and tiny white eggs|
|These eggs hatch into tiny silkworms, who eat the mulberry leaves and grow bigger.|
|Then each silkworm makes a cocoon.|
|These cocoons are boiled in hot water.|
|The thread would be unravelled from the cocoon would be made into silk cloth.|
|Silk threads are then dyed with colour|
|Burn test: To determine whether it is silk or not. If it is silk, it would smelt like burnt hair. If it isn't silk, it would smell like chemical.|
|Weaving into cloth|
It was quite a sight to see all these worms, squirming and wriggling. It takes about a thousand cocoons to make a silk shirt. Although silk is very nice to touch, I chose not to buy silk since millions of lives are sacrificed in order to make these silk cloths.