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Turkey and carpets. We had the opportunity to get a peek behind the scenes of how carpets are made. (I hope I’ve got the many details of this process correct!)
How do we go from this…….. to this?Silk worms (which are actually caterpillers, not worms) eat the leaves of mulberry trees and, in time (about 45 days), spin a cocoon aournd themselves using just one single thread.A closer look at the cocoons, the remains of the pupa inside the cocoon and the strands of silk harvested from the cocoon.
The harvested cocoons are soaked in a vat of hot water to loosen the fibers. Using a brush, such as this one, the cocoons are tamped down into the water to keep them moist. This brush also helps the workers separate the single fiber (thread) from the cocoon. The thread is then placed into a spinning machine which unravels the thread. Then several threads are grouped together and respun - creating another thin yet incredibly stronger thread.The threads are then dyed - natural means are preferred over synthetic dyes. Natural dyes are derived from plant roots and flowers.Carpets can also made with wool or cotton such as in these photos.There are carpet factories where women hand weave carpets - a very long and laborious task. There are also cooperatives whereby women are able to remain in their homes and weave.
Next - a closer look at some of the gorgeous carpets made.