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Green Cocoons

Here, the Dehradun area in Uttarakhand stete in the North India is historically well known for its sericulture.
Now is the season for the harvest of the 'green cocoons'.
Mulberry silk worms are usually bivoltine, which means they make cocoons twice a year.....spring and autumn.

 


The spring cocoons are called 'green', not for their color, but for their freshness.
In our studio in Japan, we have been reeling silk yarn from  local spring cocoons every year for more than a decade.
The yarn has the translucent luster, which is beautiful as it is, as well as when it is dyed with vegetable colors.

 


After boiling cocoons in a certain manner, move them into warm water and start reeling.
The method of reeling today is called Zuridashi in Japanese, the simplest way of reeling and most time consuming.
As outside temprature reaching 35℃ with humidity less then 30%, the cocoon fibers will get dry instantly when they come out of water.       Therefore the conventional hand reeling divice is not to be used.

Out of around 80 cocoons, fibers are reeled out and made into a silk yarn right avobe the water before fibers get dry.


Zuridashi is the best way to reele under this kind of weather.

With mild tention of human hands, the natural waves of fibers will be maintained  even after the yarn is formed.

The waves, as you can see in the last photo enlarged, will give a special touch to the fabric when woven, together with the translucent luster distinctive to the green cocoons.