• Short Summary

    SERICULTURE, THE ANCIENT CHINESE PRACTICE OF SILK WORM CULTIVATION, HAS BEEN RECEIVED IN TAIWAN. THREE-THOUSAND?

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    SERICULTURE, THE ANCIENT CHINESE PRACTICE OF SILK WORM CULTIVATION, HAS BEEN RECEIVED IN TAIWAN. THREE-THOUSAND ACRES OF MULBERRY TREES HAVE BEEN PLANTED TO MEET THE WORMS' NEEDS, AND 2000 YOUNG GIRLS WORK IN SHIFTS TO HARVEST THE LEAVES.

    TEN DAYS BEFORE THE TREES BREAK INTO LEAF, SILK WORK EGGS ARE TAKEN OUT OF STORAGE FOR MATURING. THEY HATCH QUICKLY AND THEN THE FEAST OF LEAVES BEGINS.

    AFTERWARDS, THE WORMS REST. THEN, FOR FIVE DAYS, THEY SECRETE LIQUID SILK, TWISTING AND TURNING, UNTIL THEY ARE COMPLETELY ENCLOSED IN A COCOON OF UNBROKEN THREAD A THOUSAND YARDS LONG.

    THE COCOONS ARE BATHED IN BOILING WATER, WHICH KILLS THE WORMS AND INCREASES THE COCOONS' WEIGHT FOR EASY HANDLING. THEN COMES THE WEAVING, WITH MECHANISATION TAKING OVER.

    THE INDUSTRY'S REVIVAL AT THE INSTIGATION OF AMERICAN TEXTILE MANUFACTURERS, WHO FIND THAT JAPAN, THE WORLD'S LEADING SILK PRODUCER, CANNOT MEET THEIR DEMANDS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA13FLO4MSQNYETP7H6HKE00GQH
    Media URN:
    VLVA13FLO4MSQNYETP7H6HKE00GQH
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/08/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:35:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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