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Heading for a glitzy night out, or to your mother’s brother’s son’s daughter’s wedding? Yeah, we know how it works. Well, Silk scarves look gorgeous the day you want to look your best and you want to stand out that tiny bit. Silk catches and reflects light making it look rich and expensive, which well it is! Printed or plain, I believe it is literally impossible to go wrong with a silk scarf, If you’re a silk newbie, start off with dark colours to gain confidence, and once you have it move onto more vibrant and brighter colours!
The discovery of silk is quite enchanting, and I would love to share it with you as it made me smile. According to well-established Chinese legend, Empress Hsi Ling Shi, wife of Emperor Huang Ti (also called the Yellow Emperor), was the first person to accidentally discover silk as weavable fibre.
One day, when the empress was sipping tea under a mulberry tree, a cocoon fell into her cup and began to unravel. The empress became so enamoured with the shimmering threads, she discovered their source, the Bombyx mori silkworm found in the white mulberry. The empress soon developed sericulture, the cultivation of silkworms, and invented the reel and loom. Thus began the history of silk. Now how true this legend is no one knows, but all proof does point to one one fact, that the origin of silk was actually China!
It was first reserved for Chinese royalty but then silk spread gradually through the Chinese culture both geographically and socially. From there, silken garments began to reach regions throughout Asia. Silk rapidly became a popular luxury fabric in the many areas accessible to Chinese merchants, because of its texture and lustre.
Note: It’s better to wash Silk by hand and hang dry it, if there are minor wrinkles then ensure that you have a light iron setting to take the wrinkles out, you won’t believe how quickly silk can catch and burn…I managed to destroy a silk top once quite effectively.