Silk : its road to today
How much do you really know about silk? Enough to say where and when it appeared? If you can answer these answer directly, you are most probably going to say ‘ oh I know this’ but don’t go just yet, because we assure you that there is more to it than you know. Like Lisaura’s view on silk.
When and where
First created by the Chinese around the 4th Millenium BCE during the Neolithic era, silk was not confined to clothing but to a number of other usages like writing or currency.
Silk cloth was so valuable in Ancient China that it determined one’s status ( the color also affected status). At first, only members of the royal family were allowed to wear silk. Later, silk clothing was restricted to only the noble class, while merchants and peasants were prohibited. Surprisingly enough, it was even used as a monetary exchange during some dynasties. After some time of keeping silk in China, the Silk road opened. It led to its knowledge of fabrication and changes in China’s monopolistic production.Thanks to that other manufacturing methods were invented and new changes appeared in both machines and couture.
The making and virtues
The production is quite simple a caterpillar lays around 500 eggs and then dies. The newborn worm is fed Mulberry leaves to fatten up during a month. Once the worm finishes spinning its cocoon, it is steamed to kill the inhabitant. To finally being rinsed with hot water to loosen the threads and sent to people for unwinding.
The last step combines the threads with five or more fibers and then woven into cloth.
“ I chose to use silk in my collection because it is hypoallergenic and hypersensitive, making it safe for children to wear and for mothers to relax. A worry taken off of a mother’s shoulder is what we strive for at lisaura.” stated Anne, the owner of Lisaura, at a Q&A interview.
Lisaura aims for the better and only gives the best to its customers. Silk clothing is one of them.
That’s it for this issue. We hope you enjoyed it! We’ll see you in a few weeks for more history and new products. Stay updated on upcoming events on our Instagram or Facebook and Twitter. Thank you again to everyone that bought dresses, boy sets and/or other lisaura products.
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