Chinese method of producing silk from cocoons

of silkworms (Sericure)

These images illustrate the method of producing silk from cocoons of silkworms (Sericure) by the farmers in the early 19th century. These images are original watercolors by an unknown artist. The style is not refined, but it appears that the artist intent on describing the efforts of those producing silk. He includes the entire family involved in this process and does take great pains to depict the human aspects of his work with a delicate touch. Notice the faces which are painstakingly depicted. Dogs and children are also part of the scene.

Author: unknown, but a signature block is on each print.

Date: 1832

Medium: Watercolor and Ink

Size: 9" x 9", Plate Size: 14" x 14"

Condition: Very good, Framed with conservation methods.


24 images sold as a set


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I. Bathing the Worms
II. Sleep Period
III. Sleep Period
IV. Mulberry Leaf Picking
V. Feeding
VI.  Soiling
VII. Sorting & Placing in Trays
VIII. Preparing For the Cocoons
IX. Weighing
X. Cocoons Harvested & Weighed
XI. Selections and Soiling
XII. Storing
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XIII. Heating and Warping
XIV. Chrysalis Removed
XV. Processing the Silk
XVI. Worshiping the "Silk God"
XVII. Warping
XVIIII. Weighing the Skein
IX. Weaving
XX. Winding the Filaments
XXI. Dying the Silk before Weaving
XXII. Weaving
XXIII. Cutting the Finished Silk
XXIV. Making Clothes
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