Vietnam – Hue to Hoi An 4 – Silk

It has been a long time since my last post on our trip to Vietnam.  I’m afraid that this is becoming a bit of a habit.

This post completes our journey from Hue to Hoi An, and covers a visit to a silk manufacturer.  I found that I hadn’t taken many photos here, and those that I do have are not very inspiring.  They are included for completeness of our tour, which is possibly not a very good reason.  Although our tour of the silk making works covered all the stages of silk manufacture, I do not have images for each step.  I believe that the steps are as follows:

The silk worms are fed on Mulberry leaves after which they spin a silk cocoon.  The cocoons are then sorted for colour and quality, after which they are boiled for a few minutes, which softens the cocoon and kills the caterpillar.

The silk is now delicately removed from the cocoon, and spun into stronger threads which are dyed and then woven into the final product.

The dead caterpillars can be used for feeding poultry, or possibly as a gourmet food for people.

More accurate detail of the silk manufacturing process, and its history worldwide can be found on Wikipedia.  This link also provides some information on the silk manufacturing process in Vietnam.

I will be continuing the story of our Vietnam trip.  Please stay patient because I have a lot more to offer.


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