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Mulberry tree     Silk moth     Entomology
Cocoon     Thread     Fabric
Dyes     Containers     Tools
Mulberry Tree

Herbariums of different mulberry species, healthy and sick mulberry wood cuts, objects depicting the mulberry biology (in dry and wet objects), different implements for mulberry cultivation (knives, axes, tools), samples of sliced leaves, reproductionalmethods of different mulberry species, the 4.5-meter long root, objects from mulberry wood (musical instruments, household objects and also Bakmazi, Tatara, Vodka, vinegar) mulberry damaging-pests and parasites, mulberry illnesses.   

Silkworm

Different objects depicting the silkworm biology: silkworm eggs, silkworms of different ages, silkworm anatomy and pathology.

Entomology

The rich and interesting collection of butterflies was created at the edge of the XIX-XX centuries. Collected by N. Shavrov during his trips in Europe and the Caucasus; the collection features 314 butterfly samples of 161 species and most of them have been restored for today. The great amount of butterflies was also purchased by collector Heine in Germany.   

 
Silk Cocoons

The cocoon collection is unique with its antiquity and variety of species. The museum keeps an extensive collection of cocoons containing samples of over 5000 species and varieties. Most of cocoons were collected in the XIX century. The collection features Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Indian, Bengal, Uzbek, Kirghiz, Turkmen, Iranian, Turkish, Cypress, Syrian, Greek, Bulgarian, Austrian, Hungarian, Italian, Corsican, French, and Caucasian, including Georgian cocoons. The special place in the collection belongs to wild silkworm cocoons.

 Thread

Home-made and factory-made silk thread. Dyed, natural, hand-made and factory-made twisted filament samples in the form of skeins. The collectionfeatures various skeins of silk filament produced in different countries and brought from international exhibitions.

The samples of reeled filaments of wild and oak silkworm from different countries. Apart from that, boiled cocoon shells, dyed silk cotton, samples of filaments obtained from cocoon containing two silkworms, so-called ‘silkworm gut’ applied in surgery and fishery, and sieves are on display.

The museum also has in its collection samples of various threads of vegetal origin: cotton, flax, jute, hemp, date palm and agave. The largest part of the collection wasdonated by the St. Petersburg Imperial Botanical Gardens.

Textile

Textile of different periods (the end of the XIX c. – XX C.) Handicrafts of Caucasian people and collected by N. Shavrov in 1888, factory-made textile from France (imported by N. Shavrov from Lyon and Paris), thecollection of German laces; samples from England, Spain, Italy and other countries and also silk fabrics manufactured in Georgia.

The Jacquard textile takes a special place in the collection and appeared in the museum by the end of the XIX century from France. The collection is one of the oldest and features approximately 100 samples.   

The collection of twisted silk textile - Jejimi in 45 pieces, dating back to the XIX century. Jejimi was popular in Georgia as well as in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Dagestan.

The collection of German laces appeared in the museum at the edge of the XIX-XX centuries from the Munich Manufactory and brings together approximately 400 samples.   

 
Dyes

The collection of dyes dates back to the end of the XIX century and feature 144 natural and chemical dyes from 16 different countries.

Containers for silkworm eggs

The collection of containers for keeping and shipping silkworm eggs. The collection brings together 125 samples fromdifferent countries; Italy, France, Greece, Persia, Armenia and Georgia. Most of these samples date back to the end of the XIXand beginning of the XXcenturies. This collection showcases the history of the international economic and trade relations of the Caucasian Sericulture Station. 

 

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