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Silk Production in China

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Young Jang

on 20 March 2013

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Background Information - Silk is a natural protein fiber derived from silk worms which can be woven into textiles. China Silk Production in - Due to its smooth texture, light weight, and shiny appearance, silk was and continues to be a luxury item. - China originally monopolized the Silk producing technology causing the demand to skyrocket in the Afro-Eurasian market. - Discovered around 3500 B.C.E -By 6th century C.E. the technology for producing silk spread beyond China, yet silk continued to be a major export item and peasant workers for silk production continued to increase. -Women were mainly in charge of weaving silk and creating -Peasants on the Yangzi River of Southern China gave up on agriculture and focused on silk production for the Silk Road Market. By. Young Jang Labor in Silk Production Labor intensification of -Increase in Demand ; Increase in labor force - Many peasant households had the laborious task of raising the fickle silk worms. -sericulture: production of raw silk -To make one pound of silk = 3000 cocoons are boiled in water. - Women were also given the responsibility of raising the worms and carefully unraveling the cocoon. beautiful chinese clothing. -> <-
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