This section is from the "A Complete Dictionary of Dry Goods" book, by George S. Cole. Also available from Amazon: A complete dictionary of dry goods and history of silk, cotton, linen, wool and other fibrous substances,: Including a full explanation of the modern processes ... together with various useful tables.
Filature. A reel for drawing silk off from the cocoons; an establishment for reeling silk. Producers rarely reel the silk from cocoons, but instead ship them to the large filatures where the work is usually performed by skilled hand-labor.