Silk reeling, also called winding silk energy, refers to a set of neigong movement principles expressed in traditional styles of t'ai chi ch'uan, but especially emphasised by the Chen and Wu styles of t'ai chi ch'uan. The name derives from the metaphorical principle of "reeling the silk from a silk worm's cocoon".
Silk Reeling is the process by which a number of cocoon baves are reeled together to produce a single thread.
Cocoons should not be too flossy. Floss merely adds to the weight of cocoons when yielding silk for reeling. Cocoons should have well-rounded and firm ends and must not have too pronounced points.
The cooked cocoons sink in water at the time of reeling.
Re – reeling is done to transfer the raw silk into standard sized hanks.