Hoi An Silk Making
Hoi An, Central Vietnam and Beaches, Vietnam
For those who are interested in Asian textiles or for families looking for an educational experience, this morning or afternoon visit brilliantly explains how silk is created from start to finish.
Today's experience takes us to one of Hoi An's silk centres to get an insight into the production of silk from silkworm to the finished fabric. Upon arrival, stroll through the lush garden of mulberry trees as your expert guide talks you through the history of the silk and procedure of making silk threads. You can help harvest mulberry leaves, silkworms and even watch as silkworms weave their cocoons. You will see how cocoons are transformed into silk thread and how the silk is treated and refined to become ready for clothing. There is also a chance to watch Champa women using ancient looms to make silk textiles. Finally, the tour will end with a hands-on demonstration of how to decipher fake versus real silk and a visit to the showroom where the talented tailors can help design a custom suit or dress for you.