Early in the morning, we reached our first destination - the Dongwu Silk factory and store. Upon our arrival, a lady guide gave us a brief overview about the silk in China and information on silk production.
She told us that the secret to silk production is the tiny creature known as the silkworm, which is the caterpillar of the silk moth Bombyx mori.
We witnessed the process of the first stage of silk process which was the hatching of the silkworm eggs in a controlled environment.
Then we were brought to the next room - the Reeling Workshop, where the cocoons were sorted out for reeling.
The next room, some of us were able to to take part in the process.
After the presentation, we were given the opportunity to browse around and purchase the items such as bed linens, bedroom and bathroom accessories, towels and more. Being amongst the raging cheapskate :), hubby and I opted not to buy anything here.
Then we were led into another large section of the shop with a huge variety of silk dresses, blouses, polos, trousers, coats, jackets, nightclothes, lingerie, hosiery, traditional Chinese gifts and a lot more.
Being a confessed shopaholic, I wasn't able to resist the urge to buy. So I end up grabbing some of the gift items right there and then. tsk, tsk... Oh, If you visit here and want to fill your wish list, please remember to get your wallet and credit cards ready. Prices here are expected to be quite expensive.
Silk is such a beautiful fabric but I had no idea before that silk yarn is produced from silkworms and I never thought that the process is such a delicate piece of work. This tour was a learning experience for me.