Chapter 1: Fibre to Fabric

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Fibre to Fabric


Make sketches of the two stages in the life history of the silk moth which are directly related to the production of silk.


Silkworm is the larva or caterpillar of the silk moth. The larval stage is known as a silkworm. These species feed on mulberry leaves. Silk fibres are obtained from silkworms at the pupa stage. Larva protects itself from predators by spinning a protective coat around itself known as a cocoon. Now, the pupa undergoes a moulting stage inside the cocoon. It spins protein fibre which forms silk fibre. Caterpillars form a protective covering which is known as a cocoon. Cocoons are used for extracting silk fibres by the reeling process.

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