Bombyx Silk Caps or Bells
Bombyx Silk Caps or Bells are made from de-gummed cocoons. The silk cocoons are stretched into a cap shape over an arched bamboo slat. Ten cocoons are pulled over the frame to make one cap. Hand-spinners peel a layer off the cap carefully shaping it into a rectangle in preparation for spinning. Felters stretch the caps thin to embellish their work. Knitters stretch the caps to knit directly from the them. The silk caps take dye beautifully!
Each Cap weighs 3/4 of an ounce!