Silk has certainly set the standard in luxury for many many years. It is one of the softest fabrics in the world and its origins date back to Ancient China.
The Chinese used silk fabric for decoration, clothing & arts. It was an important part of the economy by means of exchange for trading. The Chinese were very protective of their secret to making silk which of course is produced by tiny creatures called silkworms.
Today China still leads the way in silk production, in fact it produces around 74% of the world’s supply of raw silk.
Silk is still highly valued today because it not only looks lustrous and feels luxurious, but it is resilient, lightweight and extremely strong. In fact one filament of silk is stronger than a comparable filament of steel!
Over the years fabric manufacturers have created less luxurious and less costly alternatives to silk, such as what is now known as faux silk, nylon and polyester. But of course silk still is one of the world’s finest materials.