All about Laos silk!
Not many people know that Laos
has been producing silk for many centuries. Their production is not big
scale, but just enough for their family members to have nice silk
clothing to wear during important events like; That
Luang festival, Boun Pimai and
many other different kinds of Buddhist celebrations.
When I was a child, I remember
seeing my mother picking the mulberry leaves to feed the silk worms.
The worms looked scary to me but as soon as she covered all of them
with the mulberry leaves, a piece of cloth on the trays and stacked
them away I felt better and safe. A few months later, as the worms grew
older they turned into yellow color.
At this stage my mom knew it
was time to provide them with a place where they could build their
cocoons. Just over a few days or so the cocoons were ready to unwind.
My mother told me she had to
boil the cocoons and dip them into hot water to loosen the tightly
woven filaments and then unwound them onto a spool. She then twisted
these six or seven filaments together to make a thread and later on she
worked on making a silk cloth.
are some facts about silkworms
Silkworms prefer a cool, dry,
quiet place with plenty of fresh air and make sure you keep them away
from direct sunlight and droughts. Silkworms will not try to escape
provided they have plenty of fresh mulberry leaves but make sure you
cover them properly to guard against predators such as ants and mice.
The thread from a single cocoon
can measure 300 meters and only takes the silkworm a few days to spin.
To produce an unbroken silk thread the pupa must be killed by boiling
before it breaks through the cocoon. When the pupa breaks through the
cocoon; it will become a silk-moth.
The silk-moths cannot fly
because their bodies are too heavy in relation to their wings. Males
silk-moths die soon after mating while one single female silk-moth lays
from 300 to 500 tiny eggs before she dies. The eggs hatch into the
silkworms in spring time and the complete cycle takes approximately
about two months.
For sure I has learned a lot
from my mom but at that time, I did not know how these silkworms will
have the economic benefit to many ordinary life of Lao people in the
countryside. Today many organizations and weaving factories have been
established and Laos silk are now very hot products and can sell well
internationally. Here are some of products from Lao silk.
Below is a video clip Matt
Lauer (America TV Presenter)
interviewed Jo Smith
about Lao silk when he was in Vientiane.
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