'Reeling Silk', c 1874.

'Reeling Silk', c 1874.
3 5 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 27cm

Description

Plate taken from 'The Illustrated London News', 21 November 1874, showing silk reeling in Turkestan, Asia. Silk thread is produced from the cocoons of the silkworm moth. The cocoons are unravelled and the filaments twisted together and woven into a fabric which is elastic, absorbent and very strong.

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