Chapter 1: Fibre to Fabric

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Fibre to Fabric

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

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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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