The Silk Factory

The Silk Factory

Pictured below is a bowl of cocoons and in the tray beyond them are cocoons being stripped of their silk thread. One cocoon spun by a moth that eats mulberry leaves produces one kilometer, roughly 3/5 of a mile of silk thread. Above you can see the spindles of thread being collected from the cocoons below. Double and triple cocoons produce that much more thread. It was fascinating to see the process from moth to larva to cocoon to thread. The silk factory I visited is allegedly the largest in China and is located in Shanghai. The showroom at the factory is just that. Beautiful clothing from underwear to table runners to comforters and pillows are all offered at expensive prices. I did not realize that pillows and comforters stuffed with silk thread are hypo allergic and that those with severe allergies or asthma are not threatened by bed wear made of silk. On impulse I looked at some silk sheets but when I noticed the price tag of over $200 for a set of sheets without pillowcases, I changed my mind. The blouses and jackets were unique and colorful but equally as high-priced as the sheets. I only purchased a table runner for my daughter-in-law’s birthday. That same day in the bazaar, I paid much less for a silk jacket for myself. I later learned that the silk factory is owned by the government, hence the high prices.