Traveling in CHINA Since 1985 by Robert Glenn Ketchum
During the reign of Mao (1949-1976), China was a closed country. China in the 1980’s was 80% rural, with no outside visitors, particularly from the West. When China opened to travelers, the Chinese government placed severe limitations on who was allowed to enter the country. Earthwatch was one organization that allowed foreigners to visit China without going through too much red-tape. These photographs are a first glimpse into China in the mid-1980’s by world-renowned Conservation Photographer Robert Glenn Ketchum.
Friday, March 27, 2015
Traveling in China Since 1985, #124
CHINA #124: It was amazing to watch this because I knew I was looking at one of the oldest processes known in the creation of luxurious #silk cloth. This woman has boiled silkworm cocoons, sitting in a basin of water just behind her. When the cocoons were “ready”, she picked one up and located the end of the silk strand used to weave the cocoon. Using a very long fingernail on her pinkie finger, she quickly lifted the thread away from the cocoon ball, and fed it into the spinning wheel that stands in front of her. Turning the wheel slowly, she unraveled the entire cocoon around the wheel. EVERY cocoon produces about 1-mile of a single strand of silk! WHO figured this process out!?!
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