Silk, Always the Queen of Fibers

1-2 or 3 days

Not hair, down, or wool! Silk, a gift from the lowly caterpillar, is perhaps the most mysterious of our fibers. Degumming hard cocoons into soft, spin-able fibers is the first task. Then spin a comparison study of the silk fibers currently for sale. Explore a variety of handspinning techniques spinning domesticated Bombyx as expanded mawata hankies, noils or sari threads. Indian Muga and wild Tussah silk are used in natural and dyed combed tops.