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Silk

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History: Empress Hsi Ling Shi, wife of Emperor Huang Ti (also called the Yellow Emperor),was the first person to accidentally discover silk as weavable fiber. One day,when the empress was sipping tea under a mulberry tree,a cocoon fell into her cup and began to unravel. The empress became so enamored with the shimmering threads, she discovered their source, the Bombyx mori silkworm found in the white mulberry. The empress soon developed sericulture, the cultivation of silkworms, and invented the reel and loom. Thus began the history of silk.

Silk

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properties: low density makes for light &comfortable clothing high resistance to deformation good insulation properties / warm in winter, cool in summer strongest natural fiber available shimmers and shines good affinity to dye leaving aside the rather demanding care, silk is one of the most comfortable fiber fabrics in the world.

Environmental concerns: Silk is a highly renewable resource with less impact on the environment that many other fabrics. The process of making silk requires the killing of the larvae when the cocoon is boiled, because of this sericulture has been heavily criticized by the animal welfare and rights activists.

How: Extracting raw silk starts by cultivating the silkworms on mulberry leaves. Once the worms start pupating in their cocoons, these are dissolved in boiling water in order for individual long fibres to be extracted and fed into the spinning reel.produced in china

Care: dry cleaning is recommended, Never spray silk with perfume, Always iron the backside

What its used for: shirts, ties, blouses, formal dresses, lining, lingerie, pajamas, robes, dress suits


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