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May 3, 2010, Suzhou Part C

Cacoons of the silkworm Mulberry and white moths. Suzhou Silk Factory Baskets of cocoons

Silk worm cocoons about to be unspun - Silk cloth is lightweight, but warm in cool weather. Real silk is comfortable in hot weather, because it absorbs moisture without feeling wet.

REELING SILK FROM THE RAW COCOONS -- An Independant Country Girl Avoids Working in the Silk Mills by Okinawa Soba, via Flickr, ca 1915-23