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The Legend of Silk

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The Legend of Silk

The Chinese legend begins with Empress Hsi Ling Shi.

 One day, as the empress was drinking tea under a mulberry tree, a cocoon fell into her cup. When she tried to get it out, the cocoon began to unravel and she was mesmerized by the shimmering threads! The source? The silkworms found in the mulberry tree.

The empress began to raise silkworms, in order to collect these threads, and invented the reel and loom. She began weaving the threads together into a thin, soft fabric …and so began the history of silk.

While the legend is just that, a legend, it is certain that the earliest surviving references to silk, both in regards to history and production, are traced back to China. For thousands of years, the Chinese even had a global monopoly on silk production.

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