transforming link

collaboration with HanbokCheon Yulin Social Culture Institute, Seoul, Korea/Stockholm, Sweden

순비단천     대한민국제품      

silver 925, Korean silk, wood

Bombyx  mori (Carl Linnaeus, 1758)  

For more than two thousand years the Chinese kept the secret of silk altogether to themselves.

It was the most zealously guarded secret in history.

Korea has had plenty of time to refine its own silk industry, which is one of the world’s largest. Korea was positioned early in the 4000 mile long Silk Road which ran from China to the Mediterranean and eventually Korea learnt the closely guarded secrets of its neighbour — secrets that China would in those days kill to protect! Now we know it is the handiwork of Bombyx mori, the larva of the silk moth.

In modern times, Korea sits alongside countries like Japan and India as secondary producers of silk behind the Chinese powerhouse, but it still plays a key role in Korean culture. Hanbok, the traditional Korean dress, is often wholly or partially made from silk, dyed into striking colours, as I got from HanbokCheon Yulin.

the stages of metamorphic transformation : from larvae to cocoon where the silk filament is extracted from, and finally moth 

silver 925, Korean silk, wood

Genebank performs studies on races, breeding of conserved resources, on base materials and on the utilization of availability of these resources. Laboratory conducts safe conservation of 321 exiting silkworm races and collection of various gene resources.

In the future, Genebank will collect and conserve not only commercial silkworm genes but also wild silkworms and other rare insect species. Systemic investigation and arrangement of basic data also will be conducted for contribution to the development of insect industrialization in the 21st century.

RDA-Genebank 

Republic of Korea 

Irina Lindqvist 2019. All rights reserved