Sustaining the ancient Chinese art of sericulture and silk craftsmanship
2018-05-25 09:43:00

Sericulture originated in China and is a cultural symbol of the nation.

With a history of more than 5,000 years, silk-making is a lengthy and complicated process which includes planting mulberry, raising silkworms, unreeling silk, making thread, designing and weaving fabric, dyeing and embroidery.

The fabric is used for clothing, decoration, musical instruments and even paper.

Silk craftsmanship originated in China and has a history of over 5,000 years. /VCG Photo

Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces in eastern China and the southwestern Sichuan Province are well-known for sericulture and silk craftsmanship which were added to the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2009.

The craftsmanship and folk customs of sericulture and silk production spread all over China from as early as the 11th century BC and then to the Korean Peninsula, according to historical documents. It eventually reached Japan, Persia, Europe and Africa. And that also contributed to the development of the well-known Silk Road.

Source: CGTN Editor: Hiram