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Size: 43.5*7*12cm

Material: cocoon films, branch



Silk has been a very popular product since ancient times, but most of the silk industry uses a cruel production method. Although pace silk (silk made by obtaining silk without harming the silkworms) has been on the rise in recent years, most of the silk products in the market are still made in the traditional way. Because it’s more efficient and the silk wire will be more complete.


The fine silk is spit out by the silkworm to make cocoons. Cocoons are shells for the silkworm's growth period to protect itself from the caterpillar growing into a pupa, and then into a moth. The fully grown silkworm spits out of its mouth a sticky substance that forms layers of fine silk to wrap itself in. And 2-4 days later it is wrapped into a cocoon, and about 15 days later into a moth. In order to avoid damaging the silk, people either immerse the cocoons in boiling water, fumigate them with steam, or expose them to the scorching sun to kill the life inside, and then roll the fine threads from the cocoons.  It is known about 1,500 pupae need to be killed to obtain 100 grams of pure silk. A single cocoon can yield up to 1,000 feet of silk, and over 100 cocoons are needed to produce a single silk tie.


In this process, we define silk as valuable, while the life of the pupa and other parts are defined as worthless. I feel sad about this cold and cruel definition of life value. So, I collected some films of silk cocoons that had been reeled, which were considered industrial leftovers along with the dead silkworm pupae. I cleaned up these films one by one and eventually made them into a delicate white flower. By giving new form and value to the so-called useless objects. I want to express my respect and mourning in this way.