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Shanghai: Day 11, Part 4 – Silk Workshop

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After I enjoyed another lumberjack’s breakfast, we were treated to yet another factory tour. This one was about silk and the most enjoyable so far. I was impressed. I’d had no plans to shop or spend money because I didn’t need anything. My thinking changed when I surveyed the magnificent comforters, pillows and other bedding. I’m sorry now I purchased only one silk fibre pillow and a light comforter. Why I took more money than I usually carried around I can’t begin to understand. I picked my wallet clean down to the lint to pay for my bounty (Yuan and Canadian money, totaling about $150 CAD). Who knew? The price was more than reasonable. I’ve checked prices on the internet since then and I believe we did well. I’d been planning to buy new pillows in the spring anyway, never dreaming I might bring home a silk one from China.

Business was brisk. No other factory tour had ignited this much interest so far. When we arrived, in a separate room from the sales area, packages covered half the floor space. A departing group searched through to find their purchases. Once money changed hands, the goods were bundled into a compact cloth and zippered bag with handles, and the buyer’s name affixed. You didn’t see your parcel until departure.

Some advantages of silk fiber bedding:

  • Silk bedding is better than down
  • Half the weight of down
  • Bedbugs prefer down, not silk
  • Dust mites don’t like it
  • Mildew resistant
  • Strongest natural fibre
  • Keeps its shape / doesn’t clump
  • Fire resistant
  • hypoallergenic
  • You won’t sweat on it
  • It forms to your shape / stays springy
  • Lasts for years with proper care

Silk and Comforter Making:

The Life of a silk worm:

Lunch was at (Haioufang) The Seagull Palace Restaurant. Our group arrived too early. We were given a table and had to wait for the food. As more new customers arrived, our food came and the place was soon packed.

LUNCH:

Drinks as always: one glass water, coke, sprite, or beer.

Appetizers:

  • Sausage slices (not sure about meat source)
  • Tomato slices
  • Spicy edamame beans
  • Something fish dish
  • Cubed cucumbers and sliced lotus root (crunchy, mild flavor and enjoyable)

Main:

  • Tea
  • Eggplant
  • Egg drop soup
  • Rice with eggs, beef
  • Spring rolls
  • Carrots, onions and potatoes (stew?)
  • Panko breaded mild white fish
  • Fried and breaded lotus root
  • Cubed chicken
  • Potato and pineapple in sweet tomato sauce
  • Salad
  • French Fries
  • Watermelon slices for dessert

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Chinese Saying:

Lazy child who lives at home and lives off his parents instead of working is called, ‘China Little Emperor.’

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Next On November 7th, Shanghai, Day 11, Part 5 – Shopping on Nanjing Road and Stories

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Author: Let's CUT the Crap!

I'm getting a little LONG in the tooth and have things to say about---ouch---AGEing. I believe it's certainly a state of mind but sometimes it's nice to hear that you're NORMAL. I enjoy reading by the truckload. I'm a grandma but I don't feel OLD although I'm not so young anymore. My plan is to stick it out as long as I can on this lovely planet and only will leave it kicking and screaming!

102 thoughts on “Shanghai: Day 11, Part 4 – Silk Workshop

  1. When you see the process of silk manufacture its amazing how cheap it is to buy these days.

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  2. My sister raves about her silk duvet and pillows!!

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  3. That definitely sounds like a wonderful factory. It would be easy to run through the souvenir money there, I’m sure. 🙂

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  4. Tess, this post about silk is every bit as fascinating as the terracotta warriors post. Not that i’m surprised when i learn something (because i’m happy to be learning all the time), but i didn’t know any of that about silk fibre bedding. With my allergies i need to keep that in mind. (I don’t use down.) Awesome post. I’m more pleased than ever that you’re virtually taking us along on this adventure. Hugs!

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    • I’m excited you found something new in the content. I happened to check the internet a couple of months after I got home to see if there might be an easy supply for the face-cream I purchased in China in case I still like it when I get low. I Googled the cream. Guess who came up? AMAZON.com not .ca, but at least .com. Same with the duvets and the weight I bought is still a comparable price. 😈

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  5. I love great quilts and bedding. Though I don’t own any. 😉 Quilts tempt me. But the only time I will ever spend good money on a real quilt will be the time I can buy a certain quilt made in a county in Ireland. Otherwise it’s just regular bed stuffs. I still regret not buying it when I was last there four years ago. If I can’t have that one…..

    🙂

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  6. The visit to the silk factory must have been fascinating. That I would’ve loved to see. Again, the food looks delicious. It’s a treat to follow you along here. 🙂

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    • Thank YOU, Paulette. This was the best factory tour and/or shopping experience, at least for me. I had planned to buy new pillows in the spring anyway and I L.O.V.E. this new pillow. Do you know Amazon sells them as well. Mulberry silk is the better one. For the weight I bought, their price is comparable.

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  7. We too lost our minds and bought silk fiber bed throws. What do you think of the fried lotus? I loved it.

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    • I don’t remember the taste exactly but I recall I like it and it was pleasant. Can you remember what the taste reminded you of? I ask because I’d like to remember. ❤

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      • What I can recall seems similar to an artichoke with more body. It was a light, delicate flavor, but really can’t recall a distinctive taste. I remember enjoying the different texture because so much of their food is soft. How did you enjoy the food? I didn’t miss it once I was home. I always felt they were very generous with their visitors, but our food cultures did not overlap.

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      • I was never hungry and ate whenever we were taken to a restaurant. The food didn’t bother me although at one point a pizza might have been great or a fat hamburger. They did have Pizza Pizza there and McDonald’s but we were never hungry enough and no side trips.
        I remember a delicate flavor and a crunch. Pleasant but not memorable.

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  8. This was just fascinating. Thanks for sharing. Do tell me you bought something silk in China!?

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  9. What a wonderful souvenir to bring home from your trip! Sounds like money well spent to me. 🙂

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  10. Soooo, finally found something worth spending your money on! Glad it was worthy of the spend though and that you are loving it. Fascinating process. As always your trip is such a joy to travel along with you.

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  11. As appetizing as some of the meals look, by now I’d be looking to enjoy my regular eating routine. I’m sure I would have enjoyed the silk factory too. Good for you, treating yourself to those silks. Every now and again, I still think about Fuzz, a 5-year-old, very affectionate calico cat I almost adopted at a flea market. 19 years later, I’m still sorry I didn’t.

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  12. This was a great post and brought back memories of having silk worms as a child. I could change the colour of their cocoon by feeding them in different leaves! Beetroot leaves resulted in pink silk and mulberry leaves yellow 🙂

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  13. shopping is so not about what you NEED – although you’ve come up with a great list of reasons why sensible people should buy silk pillowslips! Well done!

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  14. What a great experience, your silk pillow sounds fab.

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  15. Sounds wonderful. I’m going to look up silk pillows!

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  16. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    We continue our journey in China on day 11 and into the silk industry. I was guardian to some silk worms as a school science project – not very successfully – but I love silk as a material and did not know about the comforters – thanks again for taking us along.

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  17. Yum, this looks delicious. They tell you if you’re to keep your hair in place while sleeping to rest on silk pillows. My mother has always done this.

    Happy Birthday! As we share one I can hardly forget. Have a great day!

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  18. Ooh silk, how lovely! Certainly more worth investing some money in than a load of souvenirs that would just collect dust back home! That looks fascinating, I think I would have enjoyed that tour too. That restaurant looks rather strange!

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  19. Fascinating, thanks for sharing your journey.

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  20. What a wonderful memento and beautiful accessory of silk! I’m glad you purchased the pillow and comforter. I’m sure you treasure them both.
    Lunch looks yummy!!!

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  21. I do love silk too, Tess. That was most interesting. ❤

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  22. That IS a great deal for the silk bedding! I can only imagine how luxurious it feels!

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  23. This is such a great travelogue of your China trip and the silk factory has been amazing! Thank you for sharing your experiences! J 🙂

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  24. I had a silk duvet once–light weight but very warm.

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  25. Fascinating post, Tess! How I’ve always loved the look, feel and durability of silk, not realizing the efforts it took to bring it to me. Never, will I forget what you’ve taught me here. Thank you!

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  26. Silk is wonderful isn’t it but I didn’t know all those facts about it. I wish I could have all my bedding in silk now I do know! When I got married (present hubby – that sounds good doesn’t it, ha!) my dress was silk made with silk worms on the Isle of Wight. It wasn’t special ordered that way, it just came like that. But reading your post shows me just what the process is like and before that I really didn’t know. What an absolutely fascinating tour this Tess, I can tell you really enjoyed it. Love the post and love the quote too…I’ll remember that 🙂 ❤ 😀 😉

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  27. Silk is a most fascinating fabric. I, myself, bought a piece of cloth to make a tunic or something with – still have it in a box somewhere 😉

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  28. Very interesting. I’d never thought of silk for bedding but it makes sense. I’ll have to look into it. Definitely the trip of a life time.

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  29. Visiting the silk factory must have been wonderful. I had to reign myself in several times when visiting factories in various foreign countries.

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    • I’m not much of a shopper anymore. What do I n.e.e.d.? I’m working on de-cluttering, but I love a nice bed so I was bowled over. Can’t understand why this particular day I put extra cash in my wallet. Must have been written in the stars. 😮

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  30. I wasn’t as behind as I thought, but now I’m caught up! Loved the advantages of silk over down, how interesting! I think I would have loved that factory tour too.

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    • I was blown away by the information. The last time I heard about silk worms was in about grade five and never saw any real ones. Then there was how the workers must time the death and then eviction of the worms from the spun silk. And the strength of the thread. It was indeed most interesting.

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  31. Great post! I took a textile course in college where I learned a bit about silk. Your post told me a whole lot more than what I learned in class. Or maybe I paid more attention to you post than the course 🙂 Looks like you’re having a great time traveling!

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  32. The problem is always returning home with all the extra stuff. Did you grind an empty suitcase?

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    • … bring, of course… some days I really wonder who designed the automatic spell correction

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    • No, I didn’t bring an empty suitcase, but I made sure it wasn’t tight-full. I didn’t go to shop. I don’t n.e.e.d. anything at this stage of my life. I did buy a silk filled pillow and duvet. Love the pillow because my head is happy. I never once punched it up and fought with it like other pillows in the past.
      For Christmas, I broke down an ordered a silk pillow case. It won’t arrive till January. Ugh.

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      • Yes, one never GOES to shop, but somehow one ends up doing it anyway. Before the days of amazon my worst temptation was always books. I once brought back more than 10kgs worth of books from France…

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      • Did you end up carrying the books. Ten kilos is a lot!

        My downfall are books. I work in a charity used bookstore and every shift–yes, I do. Haven’t room for anymore and am so far behind in my reading. Even my Kindle is getting full. Sigh.

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  33. A very interesting post, Tess. How lucky you had the extra cash on you that day. Your new pillowcase will add an extra luxury to your pillow. I also learned about silkworms, about grade six, and I really wanted some because I had a mulberry tree at home. I’m still amazed at how much fibre comes off each cocoon! I like the way those tomato slices are presented- must try that. 🙂

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