How Silk is Produced

It is a common knowledge that silk comes from silkworms. But how is this done? Read the article below and learn how silk is produced.

            Silkworms undergo various stages in their life cycle. First, the mature female moth lays her eggs on a leaf. After ten days, these eggs hatch and silkworm larvae come out. The mulberry leaves become their primary food. A couple of weeks thereafter, the larvae cover themselves with their own silk thread, producing a cocoon which takes about three to eight weeks. After 16 days of hibernation, the cocoon breaks and an adult moth flaps its wings out. The cycle then starts again.

            Going back to the third stage of the silkworm’s life cycle, in which the small-legged creature wraps itself with thread, the material for producing cloth is selected in this part. Consequently, the raw material is placed in boiling water. The thread is the unwound, resulting to a length of about 300 to 900 meters. Furthermore, silk is twisted and mixed with a dye for addition of color. Finally, the silk thread is woven together producing a cloth.

            In a nutshell, the production of silk cloth is dependent on the third stage of life of its source, the silkworm.

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