Sericulture, the Silk Industry in Ephraim

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 24
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1992
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
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Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
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Title Sericulture, the Silk Industry in Ephraim
Description HONORABLE MENTION HISTORICAL ESSAY SERICULTURE, THE SILK INDUSTRY IN EPHRAIM Virginia K. Nielson 351 North Main Ephraim, Utah 84627 An unusual industry in Utah during pioneer days was women, by nature, love, such as silk dresses, shawls and Lace trim." During his term as Utah governor, about 1856, he purchased a supply of "mulberry seeds from France. Lake area." From that time on these trees were grown in nearly every town and village in the Territory. They flourished luxuriantly. President Young urged presidents of Relief Societies money was to be used in the purchase of machinery needed in completing the silk cycle. A reel, a twisting wheel with attachments, and spinning, looming and weaving machinery were needed to turn the delicate envelopes covering the silk vorms into articles made from the silk fabric. The United States annually imported about $2,000,000 worth of silk material, primarily from France and Italy, a potentially lucrative market for Utah silk srowers. France and Italy to instruct those who raised silk worms. Much benefit was derived from these classes. In China sericulture was a jealously guarded secret for centuries so this knowledge was a great boon to those in Utah who were involved. "In six weeks seven hundred pounds of cocoons were raised; these were valued at S2.00 per pound in France" and were readily sold. The Women's Exponent, February 1 and 15, 1894, heartily endorsed this industry and wrote, Sericulture could be a source of considerable 44
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 24
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 325164
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