We had said goodbye to Solin, but discovered we had left our
camera in the driver’s van. Upon realizing this, Solin
offered to bring us the camera, join us for a tour of a silk
factory, take us to a special place for lunch and then to the airport,
where we again said goodbye to this lovely woman who became a
friend to us. She shared with us her deep love of the temples
and her country, and we grew to love them, too.
feeding on mulberry leaves.
the silkwork cocoons kills the worms but makes it possible to unravel
them and get the silk.
silk from the outer layer
of the cocoon yields a coarse, raw silk. The finest silk comes from
the threads that line the inside of the cocoon.
Spinning the thread.
the silk is a beautiful golden color, but this color tends to fade, so
the silk is bleached and dyed.
huge spool of red silk. It felt as luxurious as it
Tying threads together to prepare them for dying. By repeatedly tying,
and dying the threads in different colors, a pattern is created that
can then be woven together on a loom . . .
. . . such as this one.
On display in the silk factory: a wedding gown festooned with silk worm
cocoons specifically designed for people with more dollars than sense.
the way to the airport, Solin treated us to lunch at a restuarant in
the countryside. We ate a traditional lunch while overlooking the
surrounding rice paddies.
Michele and Glenn enjoying a delicious lunch.
Solin. Thank you for being such a knowledgeable guide and gracious
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