- Title: THAILAND: THE SILK WEAVING INDUSTRY.
- Date: 15th December 1972
- Summary: 1. GV EXT. Silk-worm farm 0.05 2. SV & CU INT. Girl feeds mulberry leaves to silkworms (4 shots) 0.28 3. SV & CU Girl picking out silkworm cocoons (3 shots) 0.38 4. SV & CU Girl takes thread form cocoons (2 shots) 0.31 5. CU Thread going into basket 0.56 6. LV Raw silk drying on racks 1.01 7. LV & CU Silk being woven on hand-driven looms (8 shots) 1.41 8. LV & CU Finished cloth sold in Thai silk shop (4 shots) 2.03 SILK WORM FARM; GIRL WORKERS; SILK WEAVING AND DYEING; FINISHED PRODUCTS. Initials ESP/2237 ESP/2252 Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 30th December 1972 12:00
- Location: CHIENGMAI, THAILAND
- Country: Thailand
- Reuters ID: LVABI3CQBLNM2P5NEXMWR2ZN576
- Story Text: The origin of silk is lost in antiquity. But most experts accept that the industry began in China thousands of years ago.
The Chinese jealously guarded the secrets of production and at one time it was punishable by death to reveal to outsiders the way it was made.
Nevertheless, the secret did get out and spread throughout Asia and to other parts of the world.
One of the places where silk is big business today is Thailand, where it accounts for a substantial part of the national economy.
SYNOPSIS: This is a silk worm farm at Chiengmai in Thailand.
From here comes one of the products which accounts for a substantial part of Thailand's economy Here, a farm worker is feeding mulberry leaves to the silk worms, which secrete the threads from which the fabulous fabric is made.
The silk thread is actually from the cocoon spun by the worms. In the harvesting, the cocoons are treated to preserve them intact for reeling. The process takes from seven to eight hours.
The purpose of reeling is to bring together the threads from two or more cocoons into the strand that is known as raw silk.
From that, the cloth is woven into many different textures and patterns.. used for furnishings and clothing. The origin of the silk industry is lost in antiquity, but most experts accept that it probably began in China thousands of years ago. The Chinese jealously guarded the secrets of production and at one time it was punishable by death to reveal to outsiders the way it was made. However, the secret did get out and spread throughout Asia and to many other parts of the world. The result has been a viable and valuable industry for several countries, including Thailand, where a wide range of silk products are made for export.
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