|Heading into the silk factory. This was another place l really wanted to see and also to buy a silk|
quilt if they weren't tooooo expensive.
|Beautiful hand embroidered old style coat.|
|Silk takes on the dye easily and the colors are so vibrant and gorgeous. This outfit would have|
only been worn by the Emperor, as it is yellow.
|One cocoon is a single and the larger is a double. As soon as the cocoon is done they are placed|
in a stove or something hot to kill the caterpillar inside. When you shake them you can hear the dead caterpillar rattling around inside!!
|The cocoons are put into water, which helps soften it and they use this brush like thing which|
picks up the filament to begin unraveling it.
|This machine unwinds the filament from the cocoon and is called reeling. You need between|
4-10 cocoons that are unwound together to make one silk thread.
|Dead caterpillars left after losing their home!!!|
|Checking out the various quilt covers, all made from silk.|
|Blaine liked this cover and I said it was because the leaves looked like footballs!! We didn't buy this one!|
|Prices and size of duvet covers. The different generations are different types of covers. This is in Yuan, not|
|The covers are so soft and luxurious!!|
|The girls packaging up our quilt and cover for easier transport.|
|You don't ever wash the quilt, but hang it outside to air, or have it dry cleaned at a place which knows how |
to handle silk quilts! If it's washed, the batting all balls up and is ruined.
|Our guide wasn't sure she wanted her picture taken because she said she was ugly!! I don't know|
what mirror she was looking in. She was very effervescent and had such a pretty smile.