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Silk fibres from cocoon

Silk fibres from cocoon

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Natural silk fibres, derived from a cocoon. A silk cocoon is spun by the caterpillar of the silk moth, Bombyx mori. Each cocoon contains more than a kilometre of fibre. Cultivation involves killing the larva inside the cocoon by heat, before the cocoon is plunged into hot water and the fibre unwound.

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