How Is Tussah Silk Harvested

Tussah silk is harvested from the wild silk moths instead of the cultivated moths used for the white, smooth silks. Some cocoons are still collected from the wild, usually after the moths have hatched. The cocoons are dried in the sun to kill the silkworms. After that, cocoons are boiled to extract the silk yarn from it. Note: there is a variation where the silkworms are allowed to leave before soaking the cocoons in boiling water to soften the silk.

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