When I was in Chiang Mai, Thailand this summer, we stumbled into a silk factory where they were making silk by hand.
They start by cutting the worm out of the cocoon then they boil it until it softens. Once the cocoon softens is becomes string-like, which is called filament. The filament is then put on a reel and spun with multiple other pieces of filament and this becomes silk thread. One cocoon produces approximately one mile of thread.
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