It is high time that the International Sericultural Commission considered prof. Charsley for its prestigios Louis Pasteur award. In this article Professor Charsley writes on the remnants of sericulture and silk industry in Cévennes, in southern France. The article shows how well the sericultural past is preserved in the French psyche, that they use it as a tourist bait. Shouldn’t we take a cue from this?
Mountages displayed at the Saint-Hippolyte museum
A renovated rearing house with a mulberry twig on the fore ground
From Alès however, once Alais, capital of the Cévennes and centre of the industry, the only remaining sign of the silk industry is a fine statue of Louis Pasteur, great pioneer of microbiology who, starting in 1865 carried out his research on pebrine, the most dangerous of silkworm diseases there .