Saturday, October 13, 2012

Silk - From Cocoon to Rug

Silk is made from the cocoon of a silk worm. Turkey is famous for beautiful rugs made from both wool and silk. On our recent visit to Turkey we saw a demonstration of the entire process.

First the cocoons are boiled so the stickyness that gives the cocoon its shape dissolves, and the fine threads can be unwound.

The threads are unwound onto this device which is somewhat similar to a wheel used for spinning wool into yarn. Then they are spun together with the device in the background into thicker yarn.

The white yarn is dyed.

Then the dyed yarns are woven together following a pattern to create a beautiful rug.

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  1. We too are a homeschooling family with a 5 year old with leukemia, love all the great school ideas and projects you do!

    1. I wish you strength as you journey through Leukemia. It is not an easy road, but medicine has improved in the last 30 years and it won't be too long and our kids will be thriving. Plus, with all that hospital time they have plenty of time to read and learn without too many distractions:)

  2. This is fascinating! Thank you for sharing.

  3. I've been saving this in my reader to read. I love reading posts like this. It's a great how to get silk cloth.
    Thanks for linking up to Science Sunday!

  4. Fabulous field trip. My kids would have loved watching this process:)

  5. What a great trip. That's an awesome way to learn. Thanks for linking up to tip-toe thru tuesday. I hope we see you this week.

  6. Very cool! Love this! Thanks for sharing on The Creative HomeAcre Hop!


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