"Now the cruel part ? obtaining the filaments" Marghilon Local Custom Tip by Trekki
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As I was here in August (2006), it was already too late to see the cocoon steaming. But also here, a good website exists for those of you who are interested in seeing this part.
A finished cocoon consists of approx. 1000 m of a single silk thread. A cocoon has to be further processed to get the filaments maximum 8-10 days after it is finished, as otherwise if the worms would transform into moths and their secrets would dissolve the silk thread.
To obtain the silk thread in its full length, the cocoons are treated with hot steam (to kill them) and are carefully brushed to find the beginning of the thread, which is then unwound. It is wrapped on a reel, which is then going to the next step of “customizing” in length.
Uzbek silk patterns consist of repeating patterns every 2 metres. That’s why the filaments are put on a special reel (length a bit more than 2 metres) to dry and get further processed. Part of the threads are set aside and machine-wound on little reels to be sold to handicraft shops.
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