I touched one of the silk pods. It was oddly hollow and fragile, which surprised me since it looks like a pellet and seems like it would be dense. But the pod easily comes apart as demonstrated by the silk worker who showed us that they put a dozen pods in a bowl with water and then brush them in a circle. Magically, the silk strands attach to the brush. She pulled it up and we felt the singular threads of silk.
From there we moved into the next room where a makeshift bed was set up. We took the roughly 12 x 15” mat of silk from the loom and then all grabbed a side or corner and pulled, just like in elementary gym class when we had to open up a parachute. The silk stretched across the bed and we could see the layers of its consistency. It was really neat.