Sunday, December 19, 2010
We visited a silk museum last week after the mochi making. Apparently that area of Japan was part of the silk road up until a few generations ago. Every family kept silk worms in their attic and sold them to cooperatives that exported them. We even met a woman who said her friend's parents used to have them upstairs and she could hear them munching on leaves. Here are some things we learned about silk worms:
1) They only eat the leaves of mulberry bushes.
2) 1 cocoon can have as much as 1 kilometer of silk.
3) They eat silkworms in China and Korea.
4) Silkworms are completed domesticated and have been crossbred so many times that they are blind and helpless in nature-just little silk making machines, they are.
Probably the coolest part though was all of the dyed silk.