Witness a classic Vietnamese profession unfold right before your very eyes from the raw material extraction to the perfect and polished moment of final creation, when you visit the House of Hoi Traditional Handicrafts, an intriguing silk shop. Check into a Hoi An hotel such as the Anantara Hoi An Resort, which is an idyllic Hoi An spa resort to host your Vietnamese getaway. At the House of Hoi An, you will be able to travel back through Vietnam’s illustrious history and witness all aspects of the silk trade neatly arranged throughout this magnificent locality. You will witness an authentic silk loom that hearkens back to the 17th century as well as a more modern machine that does the work more rapidly and efficiently than its aged predecessor. Ascend to the second floor and you will see trays of writhing white silk worms feeding, incubating, and a basin of hot water which eases the silk covering off the pupae and then pulled, one strand at a time, onto an impressive skein. Visitors will be able to purchase some exquisite silk garments and other products straight from the original source. A true organic example of a local craft, the House of Hoi merits a visit when you are in the region.
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