Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Silkworms on the Streets of Granada


I've discovered that when it comes to travel photos and experiences, it's the unexpected that leaves the strongest impressions. Strolling the cobblestone streets of Granada, Spain, I spotted this little boy in his doorway. He's playing with silkworms, an especially symbolic past-time because just steps away from his doorway, the legendary Granada silk bazaar or Alcaiceria unfolded on several streets during the 15th century. From the 15th through the 19th centuries, the Moorish tradition of silk production supplied the Alcaiceria with fine fabrics that filled hundreds of small shops that dotted the labyrinth of streets and alleyways. The original Alcaiceria  burned down from a fire that raged for eight days in 1843. By that time, silk trading was firmly entrenched in Japan and China and the Spanish silk trade never recovered. But remnants of that history, like these silkworms stored in a shoe box with holes, can be glimpsed if you keep your eyes and mind open.

7 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

how neat.

Fly Girl said...

Tex, It was really interesting watching him play with the worms.

Emme said...

Funny how similar kids past times can be the world over.

Fly Girl said...

Emme, kids are kids, no matter the circumstances or the country. They will find the means to play and have fun. Thanks for dropping by.

Indrani said...

Interesting.
I would have cringed to hold the worm.

Fly Girl said...

Indrani, I would have cringed too but it was fascinating to watch the boy play with them.

Andrew said...

A nice travel shot, and some very interesting background information, Rosalind.