Suzhuo Silk Factory 4: Double-cocoons and Quilts
The cocoons are first soaked until soft and then broken open
and the pupae and waste removed.
The softened cocoon is then stretched over a form
layer after layer, and then allowed to dry.
This flattened dome of silk is then stretched by four people pulling at once
and again several layers are built up until there is enough for a quilt.
The wadding is then covered with zipped internal white cover and tacked into place.
I saw this quilt-making process again and again in China - in a couple of factories and also, strangely, in a department store in Shanghai.
The resulting quilt was light and warm (and also claimed to be anti-germ, anti-mildew and to have '19 kinds of essential microelements and 98% of protein for human body'). When covered with more silk it was also strikingly beautiful and I wished I'd had enough room in my bag to buy one.