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Crepe de Chine, in spite of its name, does not come from China, but from Japan, Italy, and France. In China all the weaving is done by hand. With the exception of pongees, the products of the Chinese looms are not m great demand abroad, except in Oriental countries, • being. to 1 heavy,, although the patterns are wonderfully beautiful and/ the colours are exceedingly rich. The pongees are woven in the homes of the peasants, and as they come Irani many looms no two pieces are ever exactly alike in weight, fineness, colour and texture. The Shantungs come from the Liutang district, and the iSaushai from the Nighai district. These pongees ai-e made from the wild silk of Manchuria, where the silkworms are not cultivated and fed on mulberry leaves as in the rest of China, but feed at will on oak leaves. in the spring the eggs liatch on the branches of the oak trees, and the cocoons are gathered about September. On attaining their full .growth -silkworms seek something to which to attach themselves in order to wind themselves up in their silk envelopes. Having found It, the worm spins a thread from 500 to 1000 yards long, wrapping it around its body as it spins. This takes from thirty-six to. forty-eight hours. If left alone, the worm's skin hardens, its internal", or-'i gaiis disintegrate to a thin jelly and then begin reorganising themselves into those of a butterfly. Within a.week or ten days it would be a- butterfly and as such would eat its way through its envelope of silk.

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CREPE DE CHINE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9598, 30 April 1919

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CREPE DE CHINE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9598, 30 April 1919

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