The Silk Factory

24 Dec

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Saturday, the day to sleep in, have a leisurely breakfast, then decide what to do.

A few days ago I was talking to an actual “tourist” one of those rare species in Mysore who doesn’t get up before the sun to try and get their feet behind their head! She had a very bright silk scarf and I asked her where she got it, “the silk Factory” she explained. Yes it has the usual shop but also you are allowed inside the actual factory.

It’s a very interesting experience being inside a third world factory. You go through a security hutch where you get to write your name in a huge dusty book, the time you arrived and then sign, I was tempted to sign M.Mouse 🙂 You also have to hand your camera in. You are then given a ticket for your camera and a pass to enter the Factory.

The first thing to hit you as you go through the door is the noise, it’s incredible, it made Diwali seem quiet. Then you see the Looms and the ladies who keep the silk thread going round. To say the machinery is antique doesn’t really do it, there are wheels with no protection from hands, it looks like something out of a Dickens novel, the noise is something else, I imagine everyone who works there must be deaf when they leave, some have cotton stuffed in their ears, but most have nothing at all. Elf n safety at home would shut the place down in a second.

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The photos were taken with my mobile phone, for some reason they don’t seem to mind that, so the quality isn’t great, but it gives an idea of what the Factory is like. All that said it’s well worth a visit.

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Too fast for IPhone camera

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