Wild silkworm cocoons; Mexico; late 19th C.


Boxed sample of a nest of wild silkworm cocoons, as left behind after the butterfiles emerged. "Mexican Wild Silk. Nest of Silk Spun By The Social Caterpillars of a Butterfly, Eucheria Socialis (Westwood), Pieridae. This material was used in this form as paper by the Aztecs before the Spanish Conquest. Oaxaca, Mexico." (taken from object label on box).

Part of large collection of plant and animal fibers acquired by the US National Museum in support of research and commerce by the US textile industry.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: Mexico

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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: TE.H005297.000Catalog Number: H005297.000H5297

Object Name: silk cocoonssilk fiber sampleObject Type: silk

Measurements: overall: box: 1 1/2 in x 6 1/8 in x 6 1/8 in; 3.81 cm x 15.5575 cm x 15.5575 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a4-bc32-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_648097

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