The Silk Industry of the World at the Opening of the Twentieth Century (Classic Reprint)by Franklin Allen
In this pamphlet it is not deemed necessary to describe what raw silk is, or how it is grown, or what the processes of sericulture and the silk worm are. Numerous publications, both in this country and abroad, give this information very fully, and it seems superfluous to reproduce it
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In this pamphlet it is not deemed necessary to describe what raw silk is, or how it is grown, or what the processes of sericulture and the silk worm are. Numerous publications, both in this country and abroad, give this information very fully, and it seems superfluous to reproduce it. The aim here is to trace the development of the silk industry in the principal countries which manufacture silk fabrics, to describe the processes of manufacture, and to indicate the causes and present conditions of its progress and equipment at the beginning of the Twentieth Century. Notwithstanding the antiquity of the silk industry, and the important relation that the principal countries of the world have borne to it from time to time, it is plainly evident that the silk industry of to-day is a modern achievement.
The major portion of the pamphlet was originally prepared by the writer as an article for the "Encyclopedia Americana" an entirely new work from the Twentieth Century point of view, now being published in 16 volumes by the Scientific American Compiling Department. It is now reprinted by the Silk Association of America for distribution among its members, with "copyright" permission of the publishers of the "Encyclopedia Americana."
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