Azumino Tensan Center was opened in 1978 by former Hotaka Town (now Azumino City) as a base to revive wild silkworm rearing and to pass the silkworm-raising skills and reeling / weaving techniques on to next generations.
This facility introduces the history of silkworm culture and the ecology of wild silkworms in an easy-to-understand way. You can see handweaving demonstration in the attached Azumino Wild Silk Weaving Studio. There is also a Silkworm Rearing Facility inside the premise where visitors can learn the lifetime of wild silkworms.
In this building, the history of silkworm culture and the ecology of wild silkworms are shown on video (about 15 minutes). Visitors can also look around the traditional tools and old documents on display. Kimonos woven exclusively by wild silkworm yarn are also on exhibit. Fully enjoy the attraction of wild silk which is described as “fiber diamond.”
You can see the demonstration of weaving wild silkworm yarn in the attached Azumino Wild Silk Weaving Studio. The nostalgic sound of looms echoes inside the studio.
Small articles and stoles made of fabric woven in the studio, as well as goods made with wild silkworm cocoons, are on sale. These items are sold nowhere else. You can choose from a wide variety of original goods, from reasonably-priced souvenir items to the finest quality products.
This facility at the entrance of the center is open to visitors. During the rearing period (from late May to mid-August), you can see the lifetime of wild silkworms from egg through larva to imago (moth).