Silk is a natural protein secreted by the larvae of several different moths. Do you know how silk is made?
Silk Manufacturing Process
- The silk making process starts from the eggs laid by silk moth. As we know, an average silk worm lays thousands of eggs in one go. Thus, once silk worms begin hatching out of their eggs, there will be enormous number of silkworms. And, farmers have to be prepared with an appropriate supply of leaves harvested from the mulberry tree.
- The skin of the silkworms has to molt so that they can continue growing as they feast on mulberry leaves. Before silkworms are ready to pupate, the growth spurts have to occur no less than four times.
- Each silkworm will hold it in place before it begins enclosing itself in its cocoon, since it begins by creating the net. In summary, each silkworm produces a single strand of silk that measures about a mile in length, and uses sericin to hold together in the shape of a cocoon.
- The farmers will put silkworms in hot water once they have enclosed themselves in their cocoons, dissolving the gum holding their cocoons together. Then, separate strands of silk, bind them into thread, and then wind it onto reels as raw silk. After that, manufactures can use raw silk to make consumer goods such as our bedding and sleep-wear.