Silk Secret by " RiSH "

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A silk worm walking on the raspberry plant.
The cocoon formed by this caterpiller is boiled in water to get silk filament.
This process kills the silk worm.
India is leading country in producing quality silk only comparable to china and sometimes korea.

Check my other silk image. It shows the filament which was formed after boiling, has been spinned and then hanks of yarns were made up from it.

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  • Arletta
    Arlettaalmost 6 years ago

    Very interesting! I feel edumacated, now, for I have never seen a naked silkworm before!

  • You see it now!! But think .. it is alive just to be boiled to death again… thats a pitty.

    – " RiSH "

  • Arletta
    Arlettaalmost 6 years ago

    Uhm.. gross! No, really, I didn’t get that from what you wrote. I have never in my life read anything that said they boiled the silk worms, just that they boiled the cocoons Which, you know, I’ve seen plenty of cocoons that were taken away from bugs, or were gathered up after the insects vacated them, so … . So, yes, that is a pity, and a gross dishonesty not to tell people the truth about what they are buying.

    Uhm.. gross! No, really, I didn’t get that from what you wrote. I have never in my life read anything that said they boiled the silk worms, just that they boiled the cocoons Which, you know, I’ve seen plenty of cocoons that were taken away from bugs, or were gathered up after the insects vacated them, so … . So, yes, that is a pity, and a gross dishonesty not to tell people the truth about what they are buying.

  • Yes … they dont remove the bugs before. May be it is a practice in some good farms, but normal silk farmers in country like India dont do that. Another reason of not removing the bug is that you have to cut the cocoon to remove them. If the cocooon is cut, the continuity of silk thread gets damaged. During unwinding and extracting silk, one may find cut filaments … which decreases silk quality and increases time to process/mend it. Ok! I may have few pics of the whole process and I can show it. I will see.
    BTW, My mom doesnot wear any silk outfit due to th same reason. She doesnot like the process of extracting silk.
    I think some change is required in the process, may be some mechanised form of extracting after the bug is removed, so that it doesnot hurt them. Also I heard, evenif you remove the bug in the pupa form, they are going to die anyway. They are undergoing metamorphosis. When they are removed from cocoon, they loose the required environment, and are going to remain as pupa for ever and are going to die from starvation or from predators. Spider silk may be a replacement.

    – " RiSH "

  • Rosalie Scanlon
    Rosalie Scanlonalmost 6 years ago

    Great capture, but poor little worm.

  • Thanks!! I am trying to potray the actual story behind silk. May be it will open some eyes. To use or not to use silk is personal decision. We require mutton, beef to eat to stay alive but dont necessarily have to wear silk for looking good. There are so many other fibers. Like Rayon, Viscose.

    – " RiSH "

  • linaji
    linajialmost 6 years ago

    Love the info..

  • Thanks for the feature :) !!

    – " RiSH "

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