So silky by La'Fredrick Jackson... A real ninja
How does silk work? Well, idk but I'm gonna explain any way
- A moth lays 500 or so eggs and then dies
- Baby worms hatch from the eggs are fed mulberry leaves for one month until they are fat
- The worms spin cocoons
- The cocoons are steamed to kill the growing moth inside
- The cocoons are rinsed in hot water to loosen the threads
- Women would unwind the cocoons and then combine six or so fibers into silk threads
- The threads are woven into cloth
- The cloth is then pounded to make it softer
- Copy and paste much?
- Silk, was also used as a currency. Because it was so valuable people were able to trade it for other items.
- Silk was traded along the famous Silk Road, also China was the only place where silk was being made because they managed to keep the process of making it from the rest of the world for 1000 years. The way in which they did this was that if anyone was found sharing the secrets or smuggling silk worms they were put to death. Eventually two monks smuggled some eggs out by hiding them in their waling sticks... No one else thought of this?
- The creation of silk contributed to nice lingerie, that's awesome!
I'm happy that the Chinese discovered silk because the fabric is so soft and it's nice to have to lay on at night, it's also nice to wear because I feel "free" when I wear silk. I think we do use silk to it's full capacity which is good because it's not going to waste. The most important thing that I learned is that you can't always trust monks, they might spill your secrets.