From mulberry trees to the fabric of the gods – Silk
Wednesday, July 17, 7 pm
Place: Bad Homburg Palace, Orangery
Lecture with Peter Vornholt (Palace Gardener) and reading with Christoph Pütthoff (Frankfurt Theatre)
The white mulberry is the silkworm’s staple food. Even in the 18th century, Prussia wished to gain independence from costly Chinese imports by establishing its own silk production. Peter Vornholt, chief gardener at the Palace in Bad Homburg, has planted mulberry trees in the Palace gardens to reactivate the centuries-old tradition of silkworm breeding. He will report on his efforts in his lecture. Afterwards, Christoph Pütthoff reads from Alessandro Baricco’s novel Silk, which is set in 1861 and takes the silk merchant Hervé Joncour to the then-unknown country of Japan. (Reading in German.)
Fee: 12 €
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