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The History of Silk

by Nikki Coats January 26, 2017

The History of Silk

On behalf of our newly launched silk satin robe collection here's a bit of history on the luxurious fabric :

It starts off with:  The Legend

According to well-established Chinese legend the first person to discover silk as a weavable fiber was Empress Hsi Ling Shi, wife of Emperor Huang Ti (also called the Yellow Emperor); and get this she discovered it accidentally!

It is told that 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, which is the cultivation of silkworms, and invented the reel and loom and the rest was history.

Although it is a legend, it is certain that the earliest surviving references to silk history and production is place in China for nearly 3 millennia; the Chinese had a global monopoly on silk production. It was  first reserved for Chinese royalty, but soon it   gradually spread through the Chinese culture both geographically and socially. From there, silken garments began to reach regions throughout Asia. 

The Chinese realized the value of the beautiful material they were producing and kept its secret safe from the rest of the world for more than 30 centuries! It soon made its way to I ndia, Japan, and Persia. 

In our robes we use a unique silk satin blend that gives the same coveted silky satin finish and drape, but is actually much more durable. Traditional silk is very delicate, and should not be exposed to sun or water. Our silk and viscose blend can be hand washed at home. So no need to ever save for special occasions and meant to spoil you daily.

We hope you love them as much as we do! Shop the collection here.

The information written here was reference from texeresilk.com

 

 

Nikki Coats
Nikki Coats


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