Silk is one of the oldest fabrics originating in China between 4000 and 3000 BCE. While legends and folklore surround the initial discovery of silk, its cultivation has always relied on one tiny creature: the silk worm.
Sericulture, the cultivation process, involves the mass farming of silk worms. Their eggs incubate at temperatures that slowly rise until the eggs finally hatch. Growing worms are then fed constantly to encourage healthy growth; preparing them for the moment they begin to build their cocoons. It is from these cocoons that silk filaments are taken; a single cocoon can produce a filament that is 1000 to 2000 feet in length. Cocoons are generally steamed or baked so they won’t destroy the silk filaments during their emergence. The cocoons are then loosened in hot water and the filaments unwound onto spools, later twisted together to create individual silk threads.
Silk fabrics are woven from these threads to create one of the world's most exotic textiles. While production occurs in countries around the world, China remains responsible for roughly two-thirds of the world's silk production.
Silk is among the most hypoallergenic fabrics available on the market, making it an excellent choice for those with sensitive skin. While seemingly delicate, silk is an inherently strong fiber that washes easily and allows your skin to breathe. It's a perfect fabric for all seasons because it keeps you warm during the winter, yet it remains cool to the touch during the hottest days of summer.
Benefits of silk:
This Silk Layered Dress is 100% silk. Inspired by the 1920s, it's a lovely selection for any summer garden party, wedding, or reception.
For more silk garments, view my Collection of garments. Next #FASHIONReport will be introducing linen.