Silk Cocoons from Gunma Japan
25 silk cocoons per package. These cocoons come straight from sericulturist Nobue Higashi in Gunma Prefecture, Japan. She and her husband raise aproximately 40,000 cocoons each season for textile artists there. Most of her production is presold mainly for transforming into reeled threads and yarns for weavers.
They are of exceptional quality and consistency as is demanded by users of silk in Japan. Having visited there many times (a stop by her facility is part of my Silk Study Tour to Japan) I have seen the beauty of her process that is environmentally friendly and preserves traditional Japanese sericulture practices while teaching this heritage to local children through local events at festivals, schools, shrines and temples.
These particular cocoons are called Gunma 200- a strain of silkworm developed for its consistent large size shape and quality of silk for commercial processing. She also raises two other types- a golden cocoon as well as a smaller more peanut shaped cocoon that is the traditional breed of silkworm kept by the empress in the Tokyo palace. Silk from this breed (Koishi maru) is awarded to state guests visiting Japan.
I prefer this cocoon for making mawata as the amount of silk is greater than any other cocoon I have come across. It is also excellent for reeling and also for other craft purposes. These cocoons readily dye using silk dyes.
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