05.31.2013 - 05.31.2013
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A visit to the silk factory was my favorite excursion at this point in my journey.
The plant was constructed in 1932 and much of the equipment has been in use since that time. They have some new German equipment purchased in the last few years.
The first step of the process is actually raising the silk worms and spinning the fine threads from the cocoons. Additionally, cotton is grown in southern Azerbaijan and shipped to this plant to create cotton thread. They also use wool yarn to create rugs, but this process must be completed at a different plant. I saw rugs being tied with wool and silk yarn, but did not see the wool being spun or died.
If you are really interested, there are more equipment pictures in the Photo Gallery
After silk is woven, fine silk scarves are produced one at a time.
Rugs are hand tied using both silk and wool yarn. Each rug is made on request and can take months to complete. The weavers can work any pattern. When they are through with one, they start another.
The factory stays prepared for emergencies.
In the shop, you could purchase finished products. Additionally, they ship finished silk fabric to other manufacturers.