Angkor Silk Farm

We are having a lovely time here in Cambodia, although sometimes there is sensory overload from all the beautiful/ amazing/ colourful/ startling/ intriguing things that are in contrast with the heat, humidity, smells, dust, and extreme poverty of so many local people.
One of the first things we did was go to the Angkor Silk Farm, where our guide talked us through the entire process, from different species of mulberry tree to life cycle of the silkworms, how they harvest the silk, the difference between raw and fine silk, how they spin it, due it and weave it. It was fascinating, and I took too many pictures to fit into this blog post, so if you are interested please go to the Flickr set. (I am mobile blogging this on my phone because I am too lazy to move from my poolside recliner, so let me know if links etc don’t work)
A few pics just to give the gist:

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6 thoughts on “Angkor Silk Farm

    • Thank you for commenting πŸ™‚ it was really fascinating seeing the whole thing from start to finish. The only thing that could possibly have made it better would have been a hands-on corner where you could do some spinning or weaving.

      Sent from Kate’s iPhone

  1. Gorgeous. I will allow that Cambodia may have some merits, even when compared to Bendigo. πŸ˜‰ What a pity that you couldn’t be in two places at once.
    So what is the difference between raw silk and fine silk? (Yes, I know I could google it, but I thought it’d be more fun to make you put your Teacher-hat on).

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