Silk Finest and Most Desirable Fabric on Earth
Silk has been around for more than 4,000 years. Indeed, the history of silk is the story of civilization itself. No other fabric has inspired such mythology and artistry. From its ancient origins through today, silk has been recognized as the finest and most desirable fabric on Earth.
An Accidental Discovery
Chinese legend holds that silk was discovered in the 27th century BC when a cocoon fell from a mulberry tree into the teacup of the Chinese Emperor’s wife. She watched the cocoon unravel, revealing a long delicate thread. The Emperor’s wife was intrigued, and went on to collect similar thread from thousands of cocoons; she then wove the fibers into a robe for the Emperor.
A Driver of Trade and Exploration
While initially reserved for only the Emperor and his inner circle, the wearing of silk eventually spread to anyone who could afford it. Silk soon became essential to the Chinese economy and was even used as currency. China began to trade silk outside of Asia as early as 1000 BC. Eventually, a network of trade routes opened to facilitate the trading of silk through Asia, the Middle East, the Mediterranean, and Europe; these routes are known collectively as The Silk Road. The Silk Road also opened up paths for exploration from Europe to the East, most notably the Italian explorer Marco Polo who traveled the route to reach Mongolia in the 13th century.
For more than two centuries, the secrets of silk production—known as sericulture or silk farming —were exclusive to the Chinese and passed through generations. Over time, however, sericulture began to spread to the West. By the 15th century, France and Italy had become leading European manufacturers of silk products, which were in great demand for several centuries.
Enduring Beauty in the Modern Era
The silk industry has weathered many threats over time, including outbreaks of disease that attack silkworms; the mass manufacturing of the industrial era; and the development of synthetic fibers such as nylon. Today, China has regained its place as the world’s largest manufacturer of silk; together with Japan, it produces more than half the world’s supply.
Today, silk is prized not only for its beauty and luxurious feel but also for its unique properties. Like hair, silk is protein-based; a silk pillowcase is gentle on both hair and skin. Beauty experts tout the restorative properties of sleeping on silk a wonderful way to minimize both sleep wrinkles and “bed head.” Additionally, silk is hypoallergenic, non-irritating, and breathable.
Mulberry Park Silks: Accessible Luxury
We founded Mulberry Park Silks with one simple mission: to design the highest quality silk items in the market and offer them at an affordable price. And we’ve done just that, with a full range of silk products made from 100% pure mulberry long strand silk fabric. The silk fabric used for our pillowcases has also been OEKO-TEX® Certified (Standard 100) to be free of chemicals.
Visit us online to learn more about all of our silk product lines, including silk pillowcases, 22 momme deluxe bedding, and children’s bedding. We even offer a line of silk accessories such as sleep masks, travel pillows and hair scrunchies. You’ll also find our Heritage Park collection of fine fabric wash, which is hypoallergenic and formulated specifically for silk and other delicate linens.