The Silk Factory at Margilan just outside Fergana. First time I’ve seen them spin and weave silk, interesting. The silkworms are fed with fresh mulberry leaves until the worms spin their cocoons of silk. Before the pupae mutate into moths, the cocoons are steamed and plunged into boiling vats to soften and draw out the treasured thread. Only men perform the painstaking process of wrapping and unwrapping the silk for dyeing. Next door women fill a hall clattering to the sounds of their weaving. The result is the khanatlas, king of satins, pattern; the shimmering blur that walks every Uzbek street.
A scarf costs around $20.