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Silk Embroidery Factory Guide

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Silk is a very important commodity and trading item in China every since the beginning of the Silk Road in Eastern China. The Chinese discovered ways of making clothes from silk and these clothes soon became popular. The Silk Road was built spanning a sixty year period of war. It began in Xi'an and ran across Middle, South and West Asia connecting several Asian and European countries.To give you an example of how much silk is needed to make certain things, a man's tie needs 111 cocoons whereas to make a woman's blouse, 630 cocoons are needed. Silk Culture is the practice of

raising silkworms and unwinding the cocoons. The silkworm must be twenty-five to twenty-eight days old before it is able to spin a cocoon. After the cocoons have been spun, the farmers will pick them up and put then in piles of straw. The silkworms will then stick to the straw and begin to spin. Next, the cocoons are heated in order to kill the pupae inside before the pupas turn themselves into moths and make a hole in the cocoon. After boiling, the women will unwind the cocoons by first putting them into a basin filled with hot water and then twist the loose end of the cocoon and put it on a small wheel. The silk is then measured, twisted and dyed before being woven into cloth. Double cocoons are used to make silk quilts. The newly made quilts must be stretched out, and it's much more difficult than it looks. Thanks to the climate, Suzhou is the best place to raise silkworms therefore there produce best quality silk products. When you travel to Suzhou, it's a good experience to visit a silk factory together with emboidary factory.

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