the silk from the cocoons. has unraveled the cocoon. shell, along
with the dead silkworm inside, is left floating in the water basin
and discarded. Once the silk has been removed the process becomes
rather mundane again. Silk threads may be further combined to form
thicker strands and are dyed to create the desired colors. Nothing
fascinating about that.
our tour of the factory we were ushered into the company store where
we could purchase a variety of silk articles. I was lucky. The one
thing that Anne saw in the store and liked, a silk blanket, was
not available in a king size at the factory so we managed to escape
without purchasing anything.
while we're on the topic of silk let me tell you of another stop
we made at a silk rug factory in Shanghai where I wasn't so lucky!
appears that Grand Circle Travel (GCT) has a designated "shopping
stop" in each city visited. Supposedly they are places
where you can buy the best merchandise at the best prices. In Beijing
it was the cloisonné factory, in Shanghai silk rugs, in Suzhou
it was silk household and garments, in Xi'an Chinese lacquerware
furniture, in Guilin it was the painted Chinese scrolls and Hong
Kong a jade jewelry factory. As stated a bit earlier, we viewed
these as the necessary and obligated "gotcha" stops.
They gave you an opportunity to do some shopping for some very nice
articles, but you didn't have to spend anything unless you wanted
the most part these shopping stops weren't bothersome, just a bit
time consuming, but in Shanghai at the silk rug factory we ran into
some really high pressure sales people after we had a short demonstration
on how Chinese silk rugs are made.