Wonders of silk worms
We are pleased to be away from the bustle of Phnom Penh and are tonight at a homestay on Silk Island or Koh Dach, an island on the Mekong river. Here every house has a weaving loom to make silk with traditional patterns. We saw how the silk worm lava of the silk moth creates the cocoon which produces 100m of the finest thread for weaving. To extract it, the empty cocoons are softened in hot water and the threads from 3 cocoons and spun together to create the thread, as shown on the brief video below:
Jocelyne has just had a cooking lesson and we look forward to Khmer vegetable curry tonight.