The history of silk

Silk has been known to man for approx. 5000 years. It's discovery is attributed to Xiling, wife of the Chineses Emperor Huang-Di.

This is how the story of one of the most elegant natural fabric's success got started.
Silk came from China to Persia, Korea and Japan.

Up until the 13th century silk was only available as an oriental import and only very wealthy people could afford it.
In Europe, southern Italy, while under Norman rule became an important center for breeding silkworms and spinning silk.
For a long time Italy remained the leading silk country in Europe until France expanded its silk weaving in the middle of the 17th century and surpassed Italy.

Nowadays, India, China, Japan, Brasil and Thailand are the world's biggest producers of silk.

Compared to the world’s total fiber production, silk fibers only make up for under 1%.

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