1. The silk worm - The newly hatched silkworm multiplies its weight 10,000 times within a month
I dare not go near to these worms so I have to use the maximum zoom in the dark condition
The fatty one, almost near the days of spinning cocoon
2. Sorting the cocoon - The cocoons are sorted according to the color, size, shape and texture as these affect the final quality of the silk. The photos below show yellow cocoons and greyish cocoons from the factory.
3. Softening - I always love silk. I always tought that it was made from the cocoon after the silkworm moth left their cocoon (yalah, never do my research properly). It was to my surprise to find out that the cocoons are put through a series of hot and cold immersions, ALIVE! I doubt if I still love silk......
Can you see the fine filaments from the cocoon?
4. Reeling the filament - this lady is unwinding the silk filaments from the cocoon and combining them together to make a thread of raw silk.
5. Bailing - checked from internet and found that these are called "book"