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Chinese silk weaving techniques

chinadaily.com.cn| Updated : Oct 25, 2019

Jiaxing boasts a name for being the birthplace of sericulture (mulberry silk) with an ancient history stretching back some 4,700 years.

Chinese silk weaving methods include a series of production techniques, according to exponents.

These include planting mulberries and sericulture - silk farming or the cultivation of worms to produce silk.

Then there is silk reeling, dyeing and silk weaving, as well as various ingenious tools. At the end of the process there are the intricate and wonderful silk products and related folk activities derived from them.

As early as the Neolithic Age, Jiaxing already had the original silk reeling and weaving technology, experts say.

The sericulture products from the Tang Dynasty (618-907) were famous, both at home and abroad.

Then silk trade flourished and thousands of merchants were drawn to locate to northern China, which guaranteed that the sericulture products made in Jiaxing were popular in every corner of China, as well as in nearby countries. 

Mulberry silk weaving skills - which originated from Jiaxing, Huzhou, Hangzhou and elsewhere - have been entered the list of world intangible cultural heritages.