Daily celebrates UNESCO honor with silk edition

Jun 23, 2014

Daily celebrates UNESCO honor with silk edition

A local newspaper in Gunma Prefecture issued a special edition made of silk on Sunday to mark the Saturday listing of the Tomioka Silk Mill as a World Cultural Heritage site. The Jomo Shimbun newspaper produced 100 silk special editions measuring 50 by 40 cm ...

Why spider's silk is becoming man's best friend

Jan 19, 2013

Why spider's silk is becoming man's best friend

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Up on the roof of professor Fritz Vollrath's lab in the zoology department at Oxford University, there is a makeshift greenhouse in which he nurtures his favorite golden orb web spiders. Walking into the greenhouse is a little like finding yourself inside one of ...

Japan's savior of Khmer silk

Nov 11, 2007

Japan's savior of Khmer silk

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Kikuo Morimoto, 59, is a passionate man who radiates an aura of serenity. He has almost single-handedly saved the silk-weaving industry of Cambodia, a tradition that was nearly lost during three decades of war and neglect. Morimoto started as an apprentice kimono painter in Kyoto, ...