I thought of you the other day when John and I visited Suzhou (about 10 mins from Wuxi by train). We went to the Silk Museum where they had everything in the whole silk making process (including live silk worms). There were a couple of guys demonstrating silk weaving on a giant wooden loom. I imagined you getting them to shove over to give you a go!
Love Laura x
PS. John has a photo of the loom on his blog http://wuxifrisbee.tumblr.com/