·The May birth & the 30th wedding anniversary flower
·In modern days, lilies symbolize feminine sexuality.
·A valley full of lilies stands for sweetness & the closeness of loved ones.
·As the flower most often associated with funerals, lilies symbolize that the soul of the departed has received restored innocence after death.
·When one has dreams of lily in the winter then it symbolizes the approach of sad news. Such dreams indicate that there would be a departure of a dear one or frustrating times ahead. An orange Lily symbolizes hatred while a yellow Lily symbolizes falsity.
Many varieties of lily are extremely toxic to cats, causing acute renal failure even in small amounts. This is particularly true in the case of Easter lily plants, though other Lilium and the related Hemerocallis can also cause the same symptoms.
Dried Lily flower buds called ‘ jin zhen ’ or golden needles in Chinese. They are often soaked, softened and used with mushrooms and other ingredients in Chinese cooking.
Lilium bulbs are starchy and edible as root vegetables, although bulbs of some species may be very bitter. The non-bitter bulbs of Lilies are grown at large scale in China as a luxury or health food, most often sold in dry form. They are eaten especially in the summer, for their perceived ability to reduce internal heat. Their texture and taste draw comparison with the potato.
Date modified : Tuesday, October 23, 2007, 11:46 AM.
~ Silk ~
The most beautiful of all textile fibers is acclaimed as the queen of textiles. It comes from the cocoon of the silk worm and requires a great deal of handling and processing, which makes it one of the most expensive fibers also. Today China is the leading silk producer of the world. Other major silk producing countries include Japan, India and Italy.
Production Of Silk :
The production of silk material is said to have been first started in China about 5000 years ago.
- according to the color, size, shape & texture as these affect the final quality of the silk.
·Softening the Sericin
- Silk filament is a double strand of fibroin, which is held together by a gummy substance called sericin or silk gum. After the cocoon has been sorted, they are put through a series of hot and cold immersions, as the sericin must be softened to permit the unwinding of the filament as one continuous thread.
·Reeling the filament
- Reeling is the process of unwinding the silk filaments from the cocoon & combining them together to make a thread of raw silk. As the filament of the cocoon is too fine for commercial use, three to ten strands are usually reeled at a time to produce the desired diameter of raw silk which is known as “ reeled silk ” . The useable length of reeled filament is 300 to 600 m.
- The silk filament is reeled into skeins, which are packed in a small bundles called books, weighting 2 to 4.5 kg. These books are put into bales weighing about 60 kg. In this form raw silk is shipped to silk mills all over the world.