Jili Village: birth place of Huzhou Silk

08:49, June 10, 2010      

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Two villagers process a silk quilt at Jili Village in Nanxun Town of Huzhou City, east China's Zhejiang Province, June 8, 2010. (Xinhua/Tan Jin)
The Huzhou Silk won the gold medal of the first World Expo in London in 1851 and Jili Village became the birthplace of China's first Expo gold medal.

According to the historical records, Jili village began to raise silkworms and reel silk in the end of the Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368), and in the middle period of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), silk made in Jili was chosen to be the material of the emperors' clothes. Nowadays, the manufacture of silk is mechanized but the silkworm eggs bred by the forefathers and the technique of raising silkworms became a valuable legacy to the village.

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