Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Hangzhou Silk Museum

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A visit to Hangzhou is not complete without paying homage to one of the famous trade; silk, where the silk factory and museum is located right here.
The China National Silk Museum is also based in Hangzhou, and is the world's largest textile-based museum with the multi-levels dedicated to the different sections of silk production and also the types of silk.

Statues of silk factory workers at work greets visitors at the main entrance
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Several halls such as the Preface Hall, Relics Hall, Folk Custom Hall, Dyeing Hall, Weaving Hall, and Modern Achievements Hall make up the different sections within the museum.
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Being part of a tour group entitled us to the privilege of enjoying a live demonstration on the silk making process, by the skilled workers.
The selection of the silk from the silkworms
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The weaving process
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The employee explained about the criteria in determining the quality of the silk, and also differentiating between a high quality silk and that of a counterfeit one.

The sales talk on the silk products; the silk comforter and also bedsheets
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The silk beddings available on sale
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The tour around the Silk Museum was interesting and educational, and we spent about two hours and departed after lunch.
(Read about our lunch here)

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