Silk Cocoons are one of the most sought after products in the world, and led to the beginning of modern world-wide trade – seen through the development of the Silk Road which connected the East to the West. Spinning your own Silk Cocoons can prove to be a hugely rewarding experience, with the end result being a beautiful home-made Silk Product – ranging from something as illustrious as a tie to something as basic as a bookmark.
Spinning Silk Cocoons
To clean the cocoon you:
- Trim around the emergence hole towards the end cut off the smallest amount possible – when trimming (mm).
- Shake out the contents and then scoop them out.
- Repeat for all cocoons.
This recipe is for 50 cocoons (make sure you have cleaned all of the cocoons out first):
- 1/4 cup of soap (use biodegradable soap for the best quality silk)
- 1 Heaped Tablespoon of bi-carb soda
- 1.5 litres of clean water (room temperature)
- 1 Tablespoon of Organic vinegar
- Mix all of the ingredients except the organic vinegar in a saucepan on low temp – do not let the mixture boil.
- Add the cocoons (trimmed and with all of the insides removed). Make sure they are under the mix but don’t stir because this will make them all tangle.
- Take them out once they have begun to fluff out. Pour out the solution and rinse with water. Make sure there is no soap left.
- Leave them to dry for 24 hours. Put the cocoons in vinegar just enough so they’re submerged, the vinegar takes away the golden colour and makes the cocoons white.
- To spin, fluff out the cocoon to make whatever design you desire!