How to Make Chinese Silk

Silk, delicately woven product, is made from the protein fibers of the silkworm cocoon. Silk moths lay eggs, and each of them becomes a caterpillar. The caterpillars are fed a diet of mulberry leaves in a controlled environment. Silk caterpillars (silkworms) surround themselves with fibers of a white jelly-like substance. Their cocoons resemble white, yellow, pink, and brown furry balls. Place the cocoons into hot water to loosen up the tight protective filaments. Unravel the filaments, and spin them into thread. Twist several filaments together to make a thread. Weave silk threads into cloth.

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