Bombay mori is not a new word for many of you. It is a moth whose history is so long that it no more survives in the wild. This small moth is the silk producing species, an ancient moth. Back to 5,000 years when Greeks and Romans called china as SERES-The country of silk. Chinese kept it a secret for almost 3,000 years. Somehow their secret breaks out throughout the world in almost 50 countries where these tiny moths are reared for silk production.
Silk Road is the longest highway that stretches from eastern china to Mediterranean Sea; it is due to silk commodity after which this ‘highway’ is named.
Today silk production is a blend of ancient and modern techniques, silkworm eggs when hatch directly fed upon mulberry leaves, these worms are then with their saliva produce silk contents, forming a beautiful silky cocoons. This filament fiber is form as a result of salivary glands present right at head of each larva.
Silk filaments are cut by adult moths, for prevention of silk larvae are killed with fumigation. Cocoons forms yarns which in next step converted into reel.
Natural silk is famous as Golden fiber or golden silk-a queen of textile industry. With its sleek look silk is admired all over the world.