History of Silk

Silk is one of the oldest fibres known to man.
Legend has it that in the 27th Century BC the Chinese Empress Lei Tzu discovered Silkworms - whist sipping Tea under a mulberry tree a cocoon fell into her cup and begun to unravel. Fascinated with the threads she discovered their source, the Bombyx mori silkworm in the white mulberry.
The Empress developed sericulture, the cultivation of silkworms, and invented the reel and loom.

Whether the legend is accurate or not it is certain that silk production originated in China.

For nearly 30 Centuries the Chinese guarded their secret dearly and anyone caught trying to smuggle eggs, cocoons, or silkworms out of China faced execution.

The “Silk Road” crossing Asia from China to Rome in Europe began during the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD). At one end, Rome had gold and silver and precious gems that were desired in the East and China had silk and spices and ivory. It was nearly 7000 km in distance.

According to legend around CE550 monks, working for the Roman Emperor Justinian, smuggled silkworm eggs from the Byzantine Empire to Constantinople (Istanbul) in hollow bamboo walking canes.

By the 13th Century Venetian merchants in Italy traded extensively in silk and encouraged silk growers to settle in Italy.

Today only a handful of countries produce silk : China, India, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Uzbekistan and Brazil.

Silk Scarf Care and Cleaning

Care:
Enjoy your silk garment - our printing techniques produce colours that will not run of fade.
With fundamental care this silk scarf will maintain it’s vibrant colours and quality ‘Silk’ feel for many years.

As Silk is a natural fibre avoid drying in direct sunlight. Also avoid contact with bleaches or solvents with alcohol such as some hairsprays.

Hand Washing - preferred
Use luke warm water and a mild non alkaline soap such as baby shampoo. Avoid soaking and rinse with a few tablespoons of distilled white vinegar added to the clear water. Avoid wringing or twisting and roll in a towel then hang to dry. Avoid using dryers.

Dry Cleaning
Green Organic Dry Cleaning using non toxic methods such as liquid CO2 or silicon based solvents is recommended.

Ironing
Most wrinkles can be removed by hanging the scarf in the shower and letting humidity work.
While the scarf is hanging a steam iron can be used carefully avoiding wetting locally.
If necessary use a cool iron setting (Silk Setting) on the back of the damp scarf - avoid too much heat.

Silk Twill-Chiffon

Silk Twill (100% silk)

Combines the utilitarian strength of the twill weave with the natural strength of silk maintaining a smooth texture.
It is a nice weight, with a wonderful drape, great luster and excellent durability. Ideally suited to complement tailored styled garments. It weighs 65g per square meter.
Size: 110mmx110mm

Silk Chiffon (100% Silk)

Silk Chiffon is an elegant, sheer fabric with a soft, beautiful drape and crepe-like texture. Stronger and heavier than silk gauze and woven in a way that even the heaviest weights are sheer.
It weighs 35g per square meter.
Size: 180mmx65mm

Why silk?

Silk is by reputation the Queen of natural fabrics.

-The most hypoallergenic of all fabrics.
-Paradoxically Silk is an all-climate fabric, warm and cozy in winter and comfortably cool when temperatures rise.
- Silk can absorb up to 30% of its weight in moisture without feeling damp. Silk will absorb perspiration while letting your skin breathe.
- Silk is relatively robust and its smooth surface resists soil and odors well.
While Silk abrasion resistance is moderate, it is the strongest natural fiber competing with steel yarn in tensile strength.