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Study Abroad Blog - China: Fashion Show at the Silk Factory

 

We went to the Suzhou Museum today. It was incredible seeing all of the artwork and pottery there. I bought a lot of trinkets for my family back home to show them what was in the museum. There were decks of cards that had all of the pottery on the backs of the cards. They were only 12 RMB each, which equals a little less than two dollars!
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After we finished visiting the museum, we made our way to the silk factory. Boy, was that unbelievable! I had no clue about the entire process to make a single silk thread. They get the silk from the cocoons of the silkworms. They have to boil the silkworm to kill it so that it will not break the shell. It takes six silkworms in order to make one silk thread.
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There was a fashion show at the silk factory as well. It displayed all of the beautiful silk dresses and clothing made in their stores. I bought a red silk scarf for 120 RMB, which is around $18.

After leaving the silk factory we went on a relaxing boat ride and stopped at a water village. There were many different interesting shops there that sold Buddha statues, live ducks, chickens, baked goods, etc.  I was not too fond of the smell there though. 

Comments

Excellent blog post here. Very informative and I'll be back to read more, for sure.
Posted @ Saturday, July 23, 2011 2:39 PM by Ways To Save Money
China is known for its silk, so of course I had to visit a silk factory. The obligatory showroom at the end of the tour was at least 3x the size of the factory part, so the silk production portion of the tour was surely just a demo. Later in Beijing I saw another silk "factory" with only one machine that shut down after the tourists left the room. Nevertheless, the process is interesting and I'd recommend a visit next time you're in Suzhou
Posted @ Friday, September 16, 2011 6:07 AM by CMS
China is known for its silk, so of course I had to visit a silk factory. The obligatory showroom at the end of the tour was at least 3x the size of the factory part, so the silk production portion of the tour was surely just a demo. Later in Beijing I saw another silk "factory" with only one machine that shut down after the tourists left the room. Nevertheless, the process is interesting and I'd recommend a visit next time you're in Suzhou
Posted @ Friday, September 16, 2011 6:08 AM by CMS
I always enjoy reading about the different places people like to go to while in China. The silk factory and the Suzhou Museum was a great choice.
Posted @ Saturday, October 29, 2011 7:30 AM by kindle fire 2011
Wow! I didn't know that it took 6 silk worms to make a single thread. It's a shame they have to kill the worm in order to make silk. I wonder why they can't just cut the worm out.
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