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silkworms silk life cycle science

SILKWORMS to SUITS

Take a visual field trip stopping at places where the production of silk is the oldest and where growing and harvesting silkworms, spinning, weaving, and dyeing techniques have remained the same for three to 5,000 years!  Follow the process from silkworms all the way to finished cloth.  Then, experiment with the simplest tools and resist-dyeing technique to decorate a strip of silk. 

 

NEW!
A new and experimental activity option of unraveling silkworm cocoons is possible depending on our supply and the size of your group.  If you are raising silkworms at your site, even better, you're automatically in!

 

Best for ages 6 years to adult
90 minutes

BUILD A SERIES WITH:
Black American Quilts

Japanese American Internment Art

Fibers & Fingers

Inca: Llamas & Looms

India: Palm Leaf Books

Japan: Craft & Folk Art

Let's Dye

Shadow Puppets

Southern China

Photo credit 1: Gorkaazk

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