Angkor Silk Farm
Open daily from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM, the Angkor Silk Farm is located in one of the most beautiful and charming locations in the Cambodian countryside it about 20 minute drive from center of Siem Reap. Visitors can come to this silk farm and enjoy a guided tour and learn all about silkworm harvesting techniques, the silkworm breeding process, and even about the artisans who work at this eco-friendly silk farm. And, don’t forget to pick up a few souvenirs while you are here, as there a ton of various artifacts for sale
The first step to look at the mulberry plants. They have a large field of it because the mulberry leaves will be used to feed the silk worms Mulberry plants lined up. In the wild, some people will suppose it’s the silk worm’s job to find the mulberry leaves, but that’s not so here at the farm. Here, the leaves come to them. All they need to do is eat and fatten them up. Silk worms feeding on mulberry leaves. Once they eat enough, the worms start making their cocoons and then rest inside. The worms think they’re going to have an undisturbed sleep and later metamorphism into beautiful butterflies. Silk worm cocoons sadly for them, it is not meant to be. Once the cocoon is at the right age, they are ‘harvested’ and sent to the factory. There, the cocoons are boiled in order to make it easier to pull the silk threads. There are kinder ways of extracting silk threads without killing the worms, but they don’t seem to be practiced here. Silk cocoons boiled before the thread is taken. Each silk cocoon can produce a rather lengthy thread. At this stage, the silk is still very rough and thick, unlike the ones we see at the market, but you can already see that shine that we all associate with silk materials. Extracting silk threads from the cocoons. Once the raw silk is gathered, the next stage is to dye them into many different colors. Here they use natural dyes from herbs and plants Natural dyes for the silk threads the silk threads are then dyed individually, submerged in these hot vessels. Silk dying process. These colorful silk threads are the end result. The many colors of silk after drying. However, these threads are still raw silk. They will need to be thinned even more before they can be used. Technically, you can use rough silk, but you don’t see many of those in the market. The girls below are preparing the silk threads for weaving, and they seem to have good time doing it.