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Silkworm rearing and reeling technology

CEC and Yuvaraja's College via Swayam


The silk is obtained from both insect and non-insect fauna. The insect fauna mainly comprises of mulberry and non-mulberry silkworms. In India, mulberry silk contribute to an extent of 75% and it is a natural fibre used in textile industry. It is soft, smooth and lustrous and holds a prestigious place among textile fibres and commonly called as the ‘Queen of Textiles’. Mulberry silkworm is a monophagous insect, which feeds only on mulberry leaves. Mulberry includes number of species and varieties specific to type of mulberry cultivation, silkworm rearing type, silkworm races used for rearing and climatic conditions of the place. Mulberry sericulture involves the cultivation of mulberry plants to produce leaves, that fed to silkworm, inturn silkworms produce the cocoons at the end of their larval life. The cocoons are the raw material for silk production that comprises reeling of cocoons by different reeling machines of commercial importance suitable for particular type of cocoons used and weaving to convert yarn/silk thread into fabrics.



Week 1 Modules : 1.Disinfection of rearing house and different methods of disinfection/ 2.Silkworm Rearing appliances/ 3.Different types of silkworm rearingWeek 2 Modules : 4.Environmental requirements for Silkworm rearing and spinning/ 5.Artificial diet/ 6.Silk worm Rearing methodsWeek 3 Modules : 7.Young age silkworm/ 8.Importance of chawki rearing centers/ 9.Bed cleaning and spacing/ 10.Late age silkworm rearingWeek 4 Modules : 11.Cellular and mass rearing of silkworm/ 12.Cocoon formation/ 13.Cocoon spinning Devices/ 14.Cocoon harvesting processWeek 5 Modules : 15.Separation of different types of cocoons/ 16.Cocoon harvesting and marketing/ 17.Economics of chawki rearing centersWeek 6 Modules : 18.Mulberry cultivation for young age silkworm/ 19.Scope & Importance of Biotechnology/ 20.Factors influence for Successful late age Rearing/ 21.Economics of Silkworm rearingWeek 7 Modules : 22.Textile fibres (TEXTILE FIBRES NATURAL AND SYNTHETIC FIBRES PROPERTIES OF THESE FIBRES)/ 23.Sorting of cocoons and Defective cocoons/ 24.Cocoon stifling/ 25.Cocoon cooking (TYPES OF COCOON BOILING)Week 8 Modules : 26.Water in reeling/ 27.Silk reeling (SILK REELING MACHINERY AND PROCESS)/ 28.Raw silk Physical, Chemical & Mechanical properties/ 29.Raw silk testing & GradingWeek 9 Modules : 30.Silk throwing/ 31.Silk Degumming/ 32.Silk Bleaching/ 33.Silk Dyeing and printingWeek 10 Modules : 34.Silk Screen Printing/ 35.Silk Finishing/ 36.Fashion designWeek 11 Modules : 37.Physical & Chemical Properties of silk/ 38.By product of silk reeling and their utility/ 39.Economics of silk reeling/ 40.Byproduct of silk industry

Taught by

Dr Divya S H

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