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From Silk Worms to the Silk Road

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Social Studies +2 Age Levels Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old)
This is a collection of resources that could be used to support a lesson on the discovery of silk and the impact of the silk road(s). Artifacts include images of silkworms and the silk-making process, websites with information about the luxuries traded on the Silk Road, and video summary.

Possible guiding questions include:
-Why did silk become such an important commodity in China?
-How did the development of the silk trade routes impact both Europe and Asia?
-In what ways do artifacts from Europe and Asia reveal the cultural connections created by the Silk Road?

Gallery Guide: Luxury Arts of the Silk Route Empires

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access

Classic Comics No. 27: The Adventures of Marco Polo

National Museum of American History

Silk Worms [graphic]

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives

Painting Depicting Women with Silk Worm Cocoons n.d

National Anthropological Archives

Women feeding silk worms

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Illustrations of Sericulture in the Empire

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Silkworm

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Pendant in the form of a silkworm

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Feeding mulberry leaves to the silkworms

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

View of Wan-Li-Chang-Cheng, Great Wall n.d

National Anthropological Archives

Caravan [graphic]

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives