10 Raw Silk Bombyx Mori silkworm cocoons. Perfect for your projects! The golden color comes from the worm spit glue that holds the cocoon together called sericin. If degummed, this fiber is a pure white, lustrous silk. These cocoons have exit holes in the silk where the moth emerged from its silky cocoon so are unable to be spindled into thread. Also called peace silk (hatched). Great to degum and use in spun yarn, nuno felting, embellishing, scrap books and ATC's, any fiber arts and crafts.
The outer, rough fiber used by the silkworm to attach the cocoon to spin can be used in soap making & cosmetics! Who knew?!
Grown In California
Bombyx Mori silkworm facts-
BM silkworms/moths are the only exclusively domesticated insect. They rely on the care of humans entirely for their survival for over 5,000 years.
Each cocoon can be from 1-3 miles long end to end! They spin about a foot a minute.
Silkworms grow 10,000 times their size from birth!
Some cultures eat silkworm pupae cooked with garlic and ginger.
Peace silk is cocoons that the moth has hatched out. They have a hole in one end and still contain the brown pupae shell inside. You will also see the protein sericin the moth uses to make a hole in the fiber so the moth can emerge to mate.
Silkworm Moths are born without mouth parts and are unable to feed for their short life devoted to mating & laying eggs.
Silkworm eggs are stored in the fridge for a false winter (diapause) and are taken out in the spring to hatch after the first tender leaves of the mulberry sprout.
Silkworm caterpillars live exclusively on mulberry tree and bush leaves.
There are several varieties of Mulberry-White, Black, fruiting and fruitless. They all can be used to feed silkworms. There is also a form of paper mulberry I recently learned about that has deeply serrated leaves, that the caterpillars find irresistible!
Silkworms will feed up to 4 times a day during their caterpillar stage. (READ-CONSTANTLY!)
Silkworms are delicate and are grown with the utmost care thru out every stage of their illustrious lives.
Wings from spent moths are used in making pendants for necklaces by crafty people.
Silkworm gut was traditionally used as a leader line on bamboo fishing poles for fly fishing.
Silkworm farming is called sericulture.
Silkworm caterpillar droppings are called frass and are used to feed fish and fertilize plants. Resting one's head on a pillowcase filled with frass is said to ease the pain of rheumatism and frass tea is supposed to cure a number of ailments.
Silk, it's history and culture is an endlessly fascinating subject to explore!
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