Cocoons bob in boiling water as silk is rapidly teased out, spinning on reels skilfully operated by women in Vietnam’s Co Chat village, where households have been making thread for more than a century. The village in Nam Dinh province, two hours south of the capital Hanoi, is nearing the end of silk production season. Dozens of workers, mostly women, in the bustling workshops stir the vats, gently unwinding the fibre from the cocoons through clouds of rising steam. Once the yellow and white fibres are spun onto wooden reels, workers hang them in the sun to dry. Dozens of workers in Vietnam’s silk workshops gently unwind the fibre from silkworm cocoons through clouds of rising steam. Photo: AFP “Production from the silkworm cocoons depends 90 percent on the weather,” says workshop owner Pham Van Ba, whose family has been spinning thread for three generations. “Our products will be ruined” if it’s not dried under the sun, he tells AFP, explaining that even good quality thread can be marred by inclement weather. Around 30 kilograms of cocoons are processed by each worker every day, and the final threads are sold to traders exporting to Laos and Thailand. Once the yellow… Read full this story
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