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On the way to Dalat I stopped in a silk manufacture along the way to find out how silk is made. It was a very interesting visit and the various versions will show some aspects of the work involved.
The people working were mainly women. They are involved at all stages of the production: from soaking the cocoons to the weaving stage.
Imagine a huge hangar, the loud clickety noise of the looms and a weird smell, not strong but not pleasant.
The silkworm creates its cocoon out of a single silk thread which can be up to over a kilometre in length. The cocoons are placed in an oven and the heat kills the silkworm inside without damaging the silk in the cocoon.
The cocoons are soaked in warm water. This process will enable the workers to locate the end of the silk thread in order to unravel the silk thread from the cocoon which will then be attached onto the spinning machine. The spinning machine automatically unravels eight cocoons at the same time to create a single strand of silk. Spinning process takes about a week, after which the cocoons have to be unraveled. Here the cocoons are in a pot of hot water, which both kills the worms and loosens the filaments and lets the cocoons float freely. The filaments from several cocoons are reeled off together to make a strong thread.
I was told that the dead silkworm are sent to Thailand where they are a delicacy (Is this true?)
f7.1 1/40th sec 70mm indoor shots no flash ISO 1600 (which explain the noise)
Thank you very much for all comments on the portrait of the little girls and the sweet dogs. Very much appreciated.
I can reassure you that eventhough the dogs were at the back of the restaurant they were not intended to become Thit Cho on the menu. They will be given away to friends. In the mean time they are well pampered by the little girls.
Enjoy the Bank Holiday week-end,


Tags: Photo journalism Silk Factory Vietnam Central highlands Workers Dalat Portraits and people Highway 27 Loom

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MickyMc 11 8 United Kingdom
3 May 2008 8:24AM
Really interesting series.

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riprap007 14 1.6k 37 England
3 May 2008 8:46AM
a great series of PJ images, just wish you had used a different image as the 1st one as it doesn't do the series justice
jaktis 15 84 Sweden
3 May 2008 8:49AM
An interesting educational serie

User_Removed 11 78 1 United Kingdom
3 May 2008 8:59AM
Brilliant Documentry and togging .. not sure about cacoon soup Lol

Rylands 11 1 2 United Kingdom
3 May 2008 9:02AM
Great series of images
lonely_oryx 11 61 55 England
3 May 2008 9:50AM
Interesting series
Cormy 11 3 England
3 May 2008 10:16AM
Some great pics here JNC.I was in the textile industry for many years.These bring back many memories.
Herge88 Plus
12 40 5 England
3 May 2008 11:23AM
More great camera work and narrative, these series of yours are a real education.

Best Matt
TyChee Plus
14 275 1 United States
3 May 2008 11:56AM
Great documentary.
Lenz 13
3 May 2008 12:00PM
great series - well done!
taggart Plus
14 47 13 United States
3 May 2008 1:18PM
Incredibly complex and lengthy was to make a kimono
Well documented with excellent narrative and images!

proz 14 205 United States
3 May 2008 2:38PM
facinating series of images.
mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.5k 2060 United Kingdom
3 May 2008 4:40PM
Excellent documentary set, and I do like V1, the eye glimpsed through the trailing hair.
piccy 13 8 Wales
3 May 2008 5:09PM
A fascinating insight. Great series of the production.
glyndwr 12 66 10 Wales
3 May 2008 8:28PM
The images are great JNC, the only issue is it reminds me of my time in manufacturing and that sends a shiver down my spine.

microchip 12 1 United Kingdom
3 May 2008 9:52PM
An interesting documenary and a great series,
luxaeternam 12 21 1
5 May 2008 12:19PM
Almost missed this. Don't know how. Nice stuff.
Smile Lucy
Thank you very much for your comments. Iím glad it brought back some memory to people who worked in that industry but I hope it was not too traumatic for Glyndwr.
It was not easy to find a first picture to attract peopleís interest. I thought the silky dark hair of the young worker would incite some curiosity. JNC
Dave87 12 42 5 England
8 May 2008 1:48PM
Enjoyed this series of shots very much and great to enjoy a fellow photographers view of what you spotted during your visit. Thanks for sharing the experience, really enjoyed these shots taken behind the scenes which puts the story across superbly.

Scaramanga Plus
11 57 6 United Kingdom
8 May 2008 4:55PM
Super series again.
SFd 11 10 United Kingdom
8 May 2008 6:40PM
I really like this series too! No1 is great!
23 Jun 2008 5:03PM
You can get a sense of concentration from this image well shot.
Cheers Mick.

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