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Where was silk made?

Where was silk made?


Bad photo, but an amazing event. Yesterday I went to the Minas Basin for the migration of the semipalmated sandpipers – an annual highlight of my summers in Nova scotia. At first the beach looks completely covered in pebbles, but then, the keen observer notes that the pebbles are moving and the air is full of delicate cheeps. As the tide gradually creeps out (and it’s that…


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Woven silk

Woven silk


Chinese Northern Song dynasty early 12th century Attributed to Emperor Huizong (Chinese, 1082–1135, ruled 1100–1125), Inscribed by Emperor Zhangzong of the Jin dynasty (r. 1190–1208), Colophon by Zhang Shen (14th century), Label written by Gao Shiqi (Chinese, 1645–1704), Label written by Luo Wenbin (Chinese) Dimensions Overall: 37.7 x 466 cm (14 13/16 x 183 7/16 in.) Image:…


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Silk means

Silk means


Hi, friend! To understand the name “Scissortail SILK, ” I’ll have to start with a little about how this blog began. First, you need to know a few things. Here in Oklahoma, where I live with my husband, Jared, and our three children, Kolton (6), Kadence (5), and Jaxton (1), our state bird is the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher. (We call them Scissortails.) Often, you’ll see these…


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Silk in Chinese

Silk in Chinese


China is the birthplace of silk. Sericulture (the raising of silkworms for silk production) has a history of over 6, years. Legend has it that Lady Hsi-Lin-Shih (wife of the Yellow Emperor Huangdi) was having tea under a mulberry tree when a cocoon fell into her cup. As she watched, the cocoon spun a strong white thread. She unwound the strand onto her finger, realizing that…


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Making silk

Making silk


Legend of Silk Legend has it that the process for making silk cloth was first invented by the wife of the Yellow Emperor, Leizu, around the year 2696 BC. The idea for silk first came to Leizu while she was having tea in the imperial gardens. A cocoon fell into her tea and unraveled. She noticed that the cocoon was actually made from a long thread that was both strong and soft…


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