Textile Textbook: A Stroll Down the Silk Road (12 photos)

It takes a silkworm only a few days to spin a thousand yards of silk fiber into a cocoon, but a fabric mill needs thousands of cocoons to make a yard of fabric. Compare that to around 50 bolls of cotton needed to make a yard of fabric, and you can see why silk often carries a high price tag. Historically,…


The Back Fence