Trip Start Oct 30, 2012
148Trip End May 30, 2013
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What a fascinating process! Went to this great place that actually shuttled you out and took you on a VIP tour (probably thinking you're going to buy vast amount of silk – ooops, sorry, didn't get THAT memo...!).
The mating process takes 12 hours (you can imagine Brian's comments to this yourself) after which the male dies (more comments). Female lays the eggs and dies. After growing and changing for about 24 days the larvae are starting to spin their cocoons.
Each cocoon has about 400 metres of filament in it. What a delicate process to unwind them and stringing enough pieces together to make something durable.
Several different systems of spooling the tread take place before and after it's been dyed.
Then finally it can go to the looms and be woven. In Cambodia, everything is done by hand and
Very expensive fabric, yet considering the process involved, it's very cheap.
Later that evening, we went to see silk in it's finest display while watching a traditional Apsara dance show. So graceful, so elegant...how DO they get their fingers to do that?
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