February 26, 2009

Lights n Worms

VJ :: At a small roadside Italian restaurant in Stratford-upon-Avon, I spotted this unique looking light. What can I say, I thought, it perfectly complements the one uploaded by Shillu in the recent past.
Shillu :: What you see here is one step in the process of Sericulture (Silk farming). The white oval objects you see here are silk worm cocoons. The cocoon is made of a thread of raw silk from 300 to 900 meters (1,000 to 3,000 feet) long. The fibers are very fine and lustrous, about 10 micrometers (1/2,500th of an inch) in diameter. About 2,000 to 3,000 cocoons are required to make a pound of silk. Based on 1 kilometer (about 1,100 yards) per cocoon, ten unraveled cocoons could theoretically extend vertically to the height of Mount Everest!! (Source: Wiki)