Silk Weaving, Japan

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Here you see one of the last steps in the making of silk. Hundreds of thousands of silkworms have toiled to make this factory possible. One of our large American factories used every day the silk from over 3,000,000 cocoons. This is an interior view of a large Japanese factory. But it is American-made machinery that is used, and the whole establishment is run like an American factory. There is too much machinery to tell in detail what is happening. But everybody has his part of the machinery to look after, and the weaving of the silk cloth is the sum of their work. Notice the length of the mill. Why is most of this work done by women? Paterson, N. J., is the greatest silk-manufacturing center in the United States. Locate it. Almost all our raw silk is exported from Japan and China. We could raise silkworms in this country and produce our raw silk but it is cheaper to buy it. The world produced every year 60,000,000 pounds of raw silk. Over a third of it comes from Japan. Another third comes from China. Italy and France lead the countries of Europe in the production of raw silk. Our leading silk mills are in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, and Connecticut. Large as our mills are we import much manufactured silk. Japan, Germany, France, Great Britain, China, and Italy all send us silks. Why do we not manufacture most of our silks in such cities as Chicago, St. Louis, and Kansas City? Why is it cheaper for us to buy raw silk than to produce it? What do we make of silk? Why are silks better for some kinds of goods than cottons or woolens? What are the prices per yard of silk dress goods in your home city? Of cottons? Of woolens? Keystone ID: 14757 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
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