Silkworms

Sericulture is an important cottage industry in this part of India – including the cultivation of mulberry trees, the rearing of silkworms and the unwinding of silk from the cocoons. The end result can be a beautiful silk saree.

In the countryside near Varthur I met the boss of a silk farm, who showed me his silkworms. As larvae they live on mulberry-covered racks in a shed. They are born blind, but when the farmer added new leaves to the pile, I watched the worms wriggle straight towards the leaves.

P1010281When they stop eating and start spinning a cocoon, they are transferred into a target-shaped tray in a different shed. The trays were empty when I visited, and all the cocoons had been harvested.

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Beside the shed was a field of mulberry, growing leaves for the next round of silkworms.

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. helentowers says:

    This looks fascinating – did you just appear, make an appointment?, can anyone go – id love to go see and take the kids if possible

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    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      It was just a small place, not open to the public, I just stumbled across it. But I will get my people to talk to your people with more information and directions!

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  2. On the road to Mysore, they have the Silk Cocoon Market in Ramanagaram. We just walked in, so I assume it is open to the public.

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  3. Karolyn Cooper says:

    That sounds like an interesting place.

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