Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Silkworm Sweatshops?

As you read this, I am hanging out in Saigon awaiting a 6 hour plane ride which is followed by a 14 hour plane ride before I am, finally, home. I am, however, going to take this final opportunity to talk about Vietnam. This will be the last post about Vietnam, I promise.

As I have been posting- silk is a huge deal in Nam (I've been here so long I'm allowed to speak like a war veteran now), but do you know how silk is made and why it's such a big deal? If the answer is "no" (or even if you do), I will tell you, after all informational posts are Dawn's favorite. The most popular type of silk comes from the cocoon of the larvae of the mulberry silkworm. These little guys are normally grown in captivity where they are put to work until adulthood when they grow wings, are you picturing little worms in a little silk sweatshop like I am?
Silk gets it's "shiny" appearance because of the light refracting off the prism-like triangular structure of the fibers. There are many types of silk depending on its country of origin. It also comes either manufactured, the really "silky" (no pun intended) type you're used too, or natural which is more course and in my opinion better, it's what I brought Dawn back.
So now you know, and now that I am on my way back, come see the colors I brought to LiT there is very limited stock, and it's not available until Friday, but it is so worth the wait. I'm not spinning a tale here.

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