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CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory Scientists Color Silk By Feeding Silkworms Fabric Dyes


12/6/2013 7:42:35 AM

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Brown cows may not actually make chocolate milk, but pink silkworms do produce pink skeins of silk, a team of scientists has discovered. To see if they could produce pre-dyed silk—silk that comes colored, straight from the source—the team fed ordinary silkworms mulberry leaves that had been sprayed with fabric dyes. Out of seven tested dyes, only one worked, producing a thread that reminded me of pink-dyed hair.

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