Dyeing and winding silk in China, 1840s

Dyeing and winding silk in China, 1840s

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Caption: Dyeing and winding silk in China. 19th-century artwork of silk being dyed and wound in China. Silk is a fabric made from cocoons spun for the pupae of the moth Bombyx mori, which is native to China. Silk has been produced in China for thousands of years, and for centuries has been traded as a luxury good both inside and outside China. This artwork is by British architect and illustrator Thomas Allom (1804-1872). It was published in 'China illustrated' (4 volumes, 1843-47) by Anglican clergyman George Newenham Wright.

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