The Hoi An Silk Village was once home to dozens of artisanal craftsmen that worked in the production, manufacturing and weaving of silk products using solely silkworms. Products where sent across the “silk sea road” to Europe and Asia. Now the Hoi An Silk Village has breathed new life into the 300 year old silk traditions of Hoi An, Vietnam. Our teams are guided through the lush mulberry gardens, the step-by-step lifecycle of silkworms and the ancient weaving houses where Champa women use antique wooden looms to process and then weave the premium quality silk.
The silk in the cocoon of the silk moth can be unraveled to get silk fiber.
A silk cocoon consists of a cohesive thread of raw silk which stretches from 300 to 900 meter.
Silk worms on Mullberry leaves.
Silk unraveling is the process in which silk thread is pulled from cocoon. At first, cocoon is boiled in hot water (about 800C) to dissolve silk glue and to make it softened for easy pulling. The process follows century old traditions carefully carried out by artisans with high technical skill and patience in order to get the silk filament of highest quality.
When the cocoon floats on the water, a woman tries to find the silk end, pulling and winding it onto a spindle, then, a round wooden reel to make a silk reel. The pulling looks simple but is actually very hard. Therefore, to have a high quality product, the artisan must have not only a professional skill but also an aesthetic soul.
A natural unbleached raw silk put on sticks for air-drying.
The natural silk filament threaded into spools by hand.
Spools of natural silk thread ready to be used in our clothing.
The silk weaving method follows ancient traditions and the entire production process is strictly supervised in order to produce the highest quality of silk fabric.
The team pays high attention during the tour.
One of the final handicrafted results…
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