[PW] Mystery Tool
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Mon Aug 22 10:49:52 PDT 2016
On 8/22/2016 12:03 PM, Jocelyn Shaw wrote:
> Looks like a silk croissure for reeling silk off cocoons!
"Croissure means "crossing" in French - the filament is passed through a
series of guides and pulleys such that it twists together with itself,
thus squeezing out much of the water and agglutinating (gluing together)
the filaments with sericin. The reeling pot is just out of the frame at
the bottom right. The filament goes up, through a guide, over the top
pulley, around the bottom pulley, through the croissure, and then
through the upper guide eye to the reel. Croissure makes a much better
quality of silk, because it is less likely to abrade or shred during
processing. There is another type of croissure called Chambon"
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