“By feeding silkworms a mulberry mixture containing fluorescent dye, Natalia’s team was able to harvest brightly coloured silk that is structurally unaffected, but which also has luminescent, or glowing, properties. The dye molecules are ingrained within the silk filaments to create permanent colour.”
Many many years ago, I had the opportunity to take a tour of a silk farm/factory in China. You can see that one little cocoon can be stretched into a very thin ply; they are making silk batting for a summer quilt. Since I’m really getting into fiber arts and homemade textiles, this got me wondering why the US never had a silk industry.
Infact, there were several attempts to start a silk industry in the US dating as far back as as the early 1600s. However, silk never really took off due to its labor intensity; as history shows, cotton was the “it” girl. I believe today there are a few super small scale home businesses that produces American silk. Be kinda cool if I can do a little silk business on my future homestead since Im not sure about handling sheep.
My mum has seriously gone mad. She has this insane incessant need to breed silk worms, it’s fucking disgusting. And she has called them all Rumplestiltskin and she sits there and whispers to them “spin. spin!”