‘Self-weaving silk filler’ has been increasingly popular in recent years, causing a significant uptick in both the local and international silk markets. This is the “unique and innovative” feat of artist Phan Thi Thuan, who is well-known for being the first to educate thousands of silkworms to “weave silk quilts on their own.” Check it out in this article below!
The origin of ideas
When the product “self-weaving silk filler” was initially launched to the market in 2012, it astonished everyone with the model of tens of thousands of silkworms working tirelessly to weave their own silk quilts. Ms. Thuan stated that, at the time, she had to educate these silkworms to weave their own silk quilts.
She had an idea after witnessing silkworms producing silk, weaving cocoons, plucking their heads, and gutting numerous times. She discovered that silkworms can weave a robust shell for themselves without the make of any human hand-weaving techniques, so why not transform silkworms into employees who create silk blankets for humans?
The method of making self-weaving silk fillers
This approach is based on the silkworm’s ability to release silk when it reaches a specific stage of development.
The silkworms are first placed on a flat surface with a wide and clean dimension. This surface’s material must be environmentally friendly, thus it is generally made of wood or bamboo. Then everything will be placed in an airtight chamber away from direct sunlight.
In the traditional method of making fillers, silkworms will be put on frames with airy cells from which they will release silk to construct cocoons around themselves. However, in this novel approach, silkworms lie on a flat surface with no place to attach or remain, and they have to crawl around in search of a place to cling or stay. At this time, the worker must constantly be on hand to collect them by hand, arrange them in the proper position to produce an adequate spacing, so that the silkworm may lengthen its neck and release the silk just enough without being entangled.
When it comes to the force moment, there is no other way for silkworms to release silk, therefore they must release into space. Thousands of silkworms have been resting on the same flat surface since then, trying to release their silks. When one silk thread of a silkworm is folded into another, it will knit into layers as thick as coiled-up cocoons. At the end of the thread-releasing cycle, the product is finished, generating gorgeous, long-lasting silk fillers.
Following that, the sheets are essentially treated, which involves heating them with boiling water to eliminate impurities and silk adhesive, therefore producing porosity for the quilt filler.
Finally, to maintain the porosity, the quilt filler is hand quilted with a layer of silk fabric. The exterior is a quilt cover made of 100 percent silk that has been dyed with natural herbal materials such as mango leaves, turmeric leaves, and so on to create a distinctive silk yellow hue.
The outstanding characteristics
Because the quilt filler is woven naturally by silkworms, it has exceptional qualities such as no deviation, no lumps, extremely high uniformity, and tight connection. The chain connection connecting the silk strands is extremely strong. In reality, arranging such thin silk threads is quite tough for the artist!
Excellent temperature control
Self-weaving silk fillers are extremely good in promoting sleep. Did you know that the weight of the quilt is particularly light and fluffy since it is made from thin silk strands, providing a nice and pleasant sensation to your sleep?
Furthermore, the heat dissipation rate of silk quilts is three times that of regular quilts, allowing the inside quilt to breathe without creating suffocation or stuffiness.
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