The Story of Silk: From Worm Spit to Woven Scarves (Hardcover)
Chinese legends, mulberries, worms, spit, and poop unite to make beautiful silk clothing, providing Thai women girls with a viable trade and a proud heritage. Photo essay. (8-10)
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What does worm spit have to do with the world's most luxurious fabric? Travel to Thailand for a close-up look at wrigglers, weavers, and wearers of silk. Join author and photographer Richard Sobol as he picks up his camera once more and travels to a small village in Thailand for an in-depth exploration of the story of silk and the labor-intensive process of making it. From nurturing the silkworms to weaving the fabric and photographing the children as they proudly model the finished product, this first-person narrative, illustrated with richly detailed photographs, chronicles the amazing process of creating one of history's most desired textiles.
Back matter includes a glossary and further information.
About the Author
Richard Sobol, an author and award-winning photographer, is the creator of the Traveling Photographer series of children's books. When not traveling, he is home in Massachusetts with his family. "Though my fashion choices usually center around denim, I was intrigued by the process of silk-making. I was fascinated when I learned that some of the world's most expensive clothing comes from a worm!" -- Richard Sobol
Readers will be surprised and entranced by the origins of this ubiquitous fabric.