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Spinning silk Acacia-colored

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Start au spinning and evaluation of the fineness of the yarn

The Tussah silk yarn is secreted by a race of bombyx that lives in the oaks (and not the mulberry trees) of southern China and that the Chinese call the tussah, this silk is produced in India, China and Japan. The caterpillar of the butterfly Antheraea pernyi is bred in semi-captivity. The chrysalis is consumed in certain regions of China, the male enters into health products and curative wines. Tussah silk or wild silk originally comes from India. Tussah silk has the particularity of being resistant and indestructible, it is less smooth than cultivated silk

Silk in addition to the shine of the yarn, its lightness and its resistance, it has hygroscopic and thermoregulatory properties that allow it to absorb up to 30% of its weight in water without giving a sensation of humidity, to disperse heat, creating thereby a refreshing effect.

Tussah silk is harvested after the silkworm, transformed into a butterfly, has emerged from its cocoon. Conversely, in intensive rearing of mulberry silkworms, mulberry silk costs the life of butterflies. The cocoon is not recovered until after the bombyx hatch. The fertilized bombyx females then lay eggs again on the oak trees and the natural cycle begins again. But this method has a drawback, when hatching, the butterfly destroys the cocoon, which consists of a single and very long silk thread. This results in more or less long pieces of silk which are combed and sold under the name "blousse". Given the way wild silk cocoons are harvested, this is less expensive than farmed silk "the longer the fibers, the more expensive they are"



The yarn is twisted on itself with silk sari

After harvesting, the silk cocoon is boiled to dissolve the silk glue and this separate the fibers from each other. This process is called "scouring"

A small skein of 13 meters for 2 grams

Silk is both strong and stretchy. A silk thread can be stretched up to five times its original length before it breaks but loses 20% of its strength when wet. Silk has almost no static electricity effect. It is not very sensitive to molds and moths. Silk constitutes only 0.2% of the world market for textile fibers

The thread on the skein to be able to count the footage obtained, the footage serves me above all to determine the work that I can do with the fiber when it is spun



The first silk cake 32 grams et 272 méters

How to recognize pure silk

Take a strand of silk and put it in the flame, the silk burns slowly, the ash is gray, decomposes easily and the combustion gives off an odor of burnt hair unlike chemical fibers whose ashes are black and compact like plastic

Hand spun silk cake
Hand spun silk cake

The silk yarn not twisted into a single, it could have stayed that way, the next ones that I will spin, I will test to see if I can leave them in a single yarn


All the handspun silk cakes acacia color

Maintains silk

Do not soak silk before washing

Silk textiles can be washed separately from other materials at 30 ° C maximum by hand or in a machine.

In the machine, select a program for wool and spin at 400 rpm maximum.

Use only silk detergents, or mild soap.

No bleach, no rub, no wring

Rinse with lukewarm water.

No fabric softeners.

Do not spray the silk with perfume or chemicals.

Do not tumble dry, let the silk air dry.

If you dry outside, dry in the shade away from direct sunlight.

Ironing silk program without steam!


cakes pure soie filés main

The spinning result is 894 meters of two-ply silk thread, i.e. 1,800 meters spun single for 100 grams, it's magnificent but very long to spun!


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