silkworms silk life cycle science


Travel to countrysides throughout Asia where silk production is oldest, and where growing and harvesting silkworms, spinning, weaving, and dyeing techniques have remained the same for more than a thousand years!  Through our slide show and artifacts, you'll follow the process from silkworm egg all the way to finished cloth, and to a traditional kimono taking three years to make!  Then, experiment with the simplest tools and resist-dyeing technique to decorate a strip of silk.  It's beautiful on its own, but you can wear it, sew it into something, use in the style of Asian gift wrapping (bojagi, furoshiki), or just hang as a banner.
Best for participants 6 years and older.

A weaving option may be available.  Weave an armband using silk/cotton yarn and a simple homemade loom.

Best for participants 9 years and older.

90 minutes

Black American Quilts

Japanese American Internment Art

Fibers & Fingers

Inca: Llamas & Looms

India: Palm Leaf Books

Japan: Craft & Folk Art

Natural & Resist Dyeing

Shadow Puppets

Southern China

Photo credit 1: Gorkaazk