The Silk Museum is located in Yokohama, Japan. From Tokyo, you can take the Fukutoshin line from Shinjuku-sanchome station to Nihon-odori station in Yokohama. This is a 54 min train ride, than about a 3 minite walk to the museum.
Cost of entry is 500 yen for adults. That about $6 CAD to learn all about silk. You cannot go wrong!
You begin in The Wonder Farm, which provides you with an introduction to the life stages of a silk warm.
The following two photos show the process of reeling silk from cocoons. If you look closely, you can see the many filaments coming out of the bath of cocoons being pulled up and spun into silk thread.
In addition to learning how silk is used in our everyday lives, this section also showed what silk fabric looked like when using natural dye methods. Visually, this was really stunning to look at!
Below was a really striking display of kabuki theater costumes. Traditionally, actors wore elaborate costume and make up. This is so on point! Please excuse the glass glare. It is more stunning in person, so be sure to check it out for yourself.
Written and photographed by Sheila Wong
Edited by Sahar Manavi
Sheila Wong Sewing Team