Silk is commonly considered to be the queen of all fabrics; we have chosen the following interesting silk facts to create a fun silk tutorial. Enjoy!
Did you know?
1. that Silk culture has been practiced for at least 5000 years in China?
2. that Silkworm (Bombyx mori, Latin for “silkworm of the mulberry tree") is, technically, not a worm? It is the caterpillar of a moth.
3. that the silkworm female deposits around 400 eggs at a time?
4. that the silkworm female dies almost immediately after depositing the eggs; the male lives only a short time after?
5. that a pound of caterpillars eats up to 24 000 pounds of mulberry tree leaves In its lifetime?
6. that a silk rope is stronger than an equally thick metal wire?
7. that it takes up to 20 pounds of cocoons to obtain 2 pounds of silk? About 2,000 to 3,000 cocoons are required to make a pound of silk. One pound of silk represents about 1,000 miles of filament.
8. that it takes more than 25 mulberry trees to obtain 6 pounds of silk?
9. that the cocoon is made of a single continuous thread of raw silk around 1 kilometer (2/3 of a mile) long?
10. that the silk worm grows to 25 times its size over the first 4 weeks?
11. that a silk dress requires almost 140 pounds of mulberry tree leaves?
12. that silk is much lower in density compared to cotton, wool or nylon? It is, therefore, highly moisture absorbent, able to absorb as much as a third of its own weight in moisture without feeling damp.
Acknowledgement: Facts about silk in this writing have been borrowed from various sources such as Wikipedia and Encyclopaedia Brittanica.