July 12, 2011

Wondrous Silk







Fabulous silk!  These Soufli Silk Museum exhibitions endeavour to display the entire silk manufacturing process. 
I can't help but feel amazed at how the Silk Road had such a great impact on civilization. The Silk Road- the most well-known trading route of ancient Chinese civilization- played an important role in the establishment of cultural and economic relations between East and West.

Daydreaming...would you love to travel the ancient Silk Road? The scenery along the road must be incredibly fascinating and unique! Don't you think? xx

P.S. I'm having a great, relaxing day. Why does it feel like a weekend? At least to me! I'm happy...I guess. :) xx

53 comments:

Ms. A said...

Goodness, that one picture looks like a long blond ponytail.

Have a great week!

ΑΘΗΝΑ said...

Nice discovery!I haven't been in this museum yet.It was sure a significant point in the development of our society.Many clothes are made of silk and have important uses.

....Petty Witter said...

What wonderful phototgraphs. I'm surprised how similar the machinery is to that used by wool spinners.

lina@home sweet home said...

Amazing long process...

Julliette O/Wild Rose said...

Wonderful and enlightening discovery...Its been a while sweetie but i hope all is well with you. Hope to see you around sometime xxo

Wild Rose~

texwisgirl said...

what an amazing process these fabrics go thru to create something we now take for granted. :)

Sandra said...

amazing to me that those ugly little worms can create so much beauty. a great post about a wonderful museum, i enjoyed seeing all of this, a trip by sofa for me

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

julliette o/wild rose, so glad to hear from you!xo

Gaelyn said...

I saw this process while in South Africa and was impressed I bought a few raw silk blouses and some yarn, which I haven't done anything with yet.

I'm up for a trip on the silk road.

blueviolet said...

I'd love to travel the silk road, and oh my gosh, those colors of the silk are gorgeous!

imac said...

Nice post.
Keep calm as it soon will be next week end.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

How gorgeous. I would love to travel down that long SILK Road... Bet I'd take tons of pictures!!!! ha

Great exhibition pictures, Betty. I enjoyed them.
Hugs,
Betsy

AmyLK said...

So beautiful! I'd love to travel the silk road. I love anything with history.

Bossy Betty said...

Such an intricate process!

Have a lovely weekend, Betty! (Thought I would add to that illusion. I like it and will adopt it too!)

Nevine said...

Oh, my! Silk!!! Is there a more delicious fabric? I think not. It's so luxurious and beautiful and flowing... and it makes me feel like a princess when I wear it. Thanks for the lovely pix!

And, about that feeling lazy bit? Enjoy it! Ride the wave and squeal with delight. These are magic moments...

;-)

Big hugs, my sweet.

Nevine

Teresa aka Journaling Woman said...

I am a lover of all fiber. I think this is why I get excited when sew fabrics together or crochet threads into something wonderful.

Great post.

Diane AZ said...

Fabulous pictures of this wondrous fiber and process! Sure, I'd love to travel the Silk Road. Marvelous post Betty!

Joop Zand said...

It's a lovely serie photo's Betty, very well done again.

Greetings, Joop

Trac~ said...

Beautiful! Would love to visit sometime. Glad you are having a wonderful relaxing day! You deserve it! :) xoxoxo

ladyfi said...

Gorgeous shots!

When I lived in China, I was tempted to visit The Silk Road, but never did.

magda said...

Αγαπημένη μου Μπέττυ
Είναι υπέροχες οι φωτογραφίες σου, από το Μουσείο του Σουφλίου!!!
Το έχω επισκεφθεί και εγώ παλαιότερα...
Θέλω να ευχηθώ σε σένα και στην οικογένεια σου, καλό και ευτυχισμένο καλοκαίρι, γιατί στις διακοπές δεν θα έχω ΙΝΤΕΡΝΕΤ.
Θα είμαστε πάλι μαζί τον Σεπτέμβριο!
Ως τότε πολλά-πολλά φιλάκια και να είσαι καλά!

Lynette said...

Great photography...I love the garments that will be made with that silk.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

That is very cool, Betty. I have some of those large spools that they put the thread on. They are works of art themselves.

What labor-intensive work. No wonder it used to (and still does) cost so much. :)

The Queen of Green said...

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I am now one of your new followers. You have a lovely blog--I will be back :)

Kelly said...

What fascinating photos, Betty. I bet that would be a fun museum to visit. Wouldn't it be nice if they let you take home samples!

I smiled at all your comments at my new blog today. :) Thanks for following me over there and I hope I keep seeing you there.

Bob Bushell said...

Oh lovely, the Silk Worm really has it, spinning their tops.

Fábio Martins said...

Old machines well registed!

Carolyn said...

how cool!! I love seeing the process of something coming together that we normally don't even think about! Thanks for stopping by, I'm following you back as well! Have a great Tuesday!

Filip Demuinck said...

Interesting article, we visited such a handcraft factory in Thailand and China.

Greetings,
Filip

Bitch said...

This is my last comment before my vacation tomorrow..
I can feel that you are relaxed.
Somehow coming out of your post and
it touched me..
See you in about two weeks!!!
Til then kisses
Monika

Gattina said...

I have seen such a factory in Turkey, the whole process is just amazing.

George said...

We've had rain off and on all day, so it feels like a weekend for me as well. I didn't get out into the yard at all.
Thanks for your interesting photos on silk. I would very much enjoy traveling along the Silk Road.

Ege Denne said...

I have always wonder how these worms DO it. Spinning something so strong. How amazing our world is :)

Ryan said...

It really took an unbelievable amount of engineering just to build those weaving machines. Yes I would loved to have joined you along the silk route.

Pat said...

Very interesting photos! I see a few of them would have been perfect for my "Thursday's Things in a Row"!

Glad you are so happy!

ANRAFERA said...

Una entrada llena de añoranza, me ha traido gratos recuerdos de infancia, al ver la marca "Singer", pues mi madre tenía una máquina de coser de esta casa.
Buen reportaje.
Cordial saludo.
Ramón

Leontien said...

hmmm those thingies are like little worms... haha

Thanks for the great post!
Leontien

Kristin said...

I think that would be incredibly interesting...Such history behind it!

Helen said...

I saw the making of silk in Cambodia. Amazing what mother nature produces and how we use it.

It was a colourful sight at the looms and oh so complicated the way they created the designs with the different colour threads.

H

Janie2 said...

Silk is simply amazing, and so is your post. Thanks for writing a great piece of work.

Anonymous said...

Incredible silk manufacturing process and images.
Kiki

Farila said...

Your pictures are fascinating and it is great web post.
I myself never use silk as once during my school days we had a tour of local silk industry.I was horrified to see the caterpillars were boiled alive to get silk from their cocoon...

Stranger in a Strange Land said...

Silk is such a nice medium to make clothes out of...

Mike

Rui Pires said...

I loved these photos!

Rui

The Blonde Duck said...

That's cool!

Craver Vii said...

I like the photographs.

Funny thing--the allure of silk never got to me. I'm fine with cotton. But nice pictures... that's the ticket! :-)

Pastor Dennis said...

The Old Silk Road lasted for centuries. When would you have liked to travel it? Would you prefer to travel from the west end to the east, or the other way round?

SquirrelQueen said...

What a fascinating process to produce such lovely fabric.

Wouldn't it be amazing to retrace the steps of Marco Polo on the Silk Road?

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

pastor dennis, i'm just daydreaming of that magical journey...but i would prefer to travel from the west to the east to answer your question.

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

farila, i was horrified when i heard about this, too. i'm with you.

Nelda McEwen said...

What a wonderful pictorial essay. Well done as usual.

Louisette said...

Nice post interrresting.

Lori said...

This is my last comment before my vacation tomorrow.. I can feel that you are relaxed. Somehow coming out of your post and it touched me.. See you in about two weeks!!! Til then kisses Monika