April 2022

Origins and Functions of Silk Clothing

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Recently, I have been working on a project that has taken me back to my childhood. I have been researching silk clothing and its origin. I have been a follower of silk history for a number of years and have a good understanding of the history of silk, and now that I am approaching a decade of experience in the fashion industry, I’ve been able to piece together a bit of the history. I am starting mens short silk robes with the basics of silk clothing and working my way into the more complex aspects. I’ll try to stick to the basics and go from there.

why silk?

Silk is a fiber that is derived from the cocoons of the silkworm. Silkworms are not native to our planet and are found in tropical climates. This is because of the climate; silkworms need a humid and hot environment in order to produce their silk. The silkworm cocoon can be used in several different ways, and it is generally the cocoon that is used for clothing. In our culture, silk is used for a wide variety of purposes, from underwear to lingerie to wedding dresses.

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What are the origins of silk?

Cultures throughout history have used silk in a variety of ways. The silkworm is native to South East Asia, so it is logical that silk originated in that region. In fact, silk weaving was discovered in Egypt as early as 4,000 BC. It wasn’t until 100 AD that the silkworm was introduced to China.

There are different types of silk that have been used for clothing throughout history. Silk from China is considered the finest silk, and it is known as the silk of the Orient. Silk from India is considered to be the next highest quality silk, and it is referred to as the silk of the East. Silk from China and India is generally a stronger, heavier type of silk than silk from the West.

Silk from the West is generally a lighter type of silk that is used for a variety of purposes. This type of silk is generally mens short silk robes  considered to be the cheaper type of silk, as it is lighter in weight and less durable.

The process for making silk is very complex and time-consuming. In order to make silk, a farmer must have access to a good quality of silkworm eggs. This is a long process that starts with the farmer buying the eggs from a large-scale silkworm farmer.