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Suzhou Silk Museum, Suzhou

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At Suzhou Silk Museum, watch silk being spun on old-fashioned looms and learn how to tell the real deal from imitations. Surrounded by mulberry shrubs--the favorite food of silkworms--the museum boasts exhibitions on the 4,000-year history of China’s silk capital. As you enter, you'll see a long, white, curved wall, which symbolizes the Silk Road and its role in the development of this fine fabric. Three marble statues of girls--picking mulberry leaves, washing fabric, and weaving--introduce you to the silk-making process. Look for a room full of models of silkworms in mulberry leaves spinning cocoons, then see how silk fashions have changed over the centuries under the influence of different dynasties. By using our Suzhou road trip tool, you can arrange your visit to Suzhou Silk Museum and other attractions in Suzhou.
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  • So first and foremost be aware if you don’t walk out with purchases it takes over 2 months for shipping. I purchased silk bedding with a free second blanket (silk). Along with 2 (silk) pillows...  more »
  • Small, interesting museum from the ancient history of silk to modern times. Includes working looms, beautiful silk fabric from thousands of years ago, and a good shop  more »
  • My Wife and I visited the Suzhou Silk Culture Expo Museum along with our tour group when we were in Suzhou last month. We were treated to an excellent demonstration of all phases of the silk growing.....  more »
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  • Interesting and free! It's not very big and most of the exhibits focus on the type of cloth and patterns popular in each dynasty. I was hoping to see more about the process itself and how it is made, especially in the modern era. But that was just a small portion and nothing showing current methods. Well, there are English subtitles everywhere and it is free, so no complaints.
  • It was really heritage of of people those who are still protecting their ancient technique of making silk.
  • Interesting if you don't know anything about silk production, but there are limited entries for English language descriptions. Many of the "old" exhibits are reproductions, but there are great examples of silk weaving from the 16th and 17th century.
  • Free. Great if you're into fabric. The live silk worms were a highlight.
  • The best silk 😁😁

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