30 Jun '16, 4pm

The ethics behind the making of silk via @Ecochickie. #EthicalFashion

The ethics behind the making of silk via @Ecochickie. #EthicalFashion

We can’t begin a conversation about silk without thinking about China: Specifically a Chinese empress by the name of Leizu . Her legend goes that one afternoon, while sipping tea under the leaves of a mulberry tree, a silk cocoon fell into the empress’s teacup and she watched as the cocoon slowly unraveled its bright, shiny, and strong secret to her. The cocoons of the mulberry’s companion were enveloped with what is still considered one of the world’s finest fabrics. This discovery led her to invent the silk loom and other methods of silk harvesting. For thousands of years after its discovery, sericulture—the practice of cultivating, breeding and rearing silkworms—remained a female-only craft in Chinese culture. Modern-day silk-making factory in Suzhou, China. Image by Starre Vartan. Thousands of years after Empress Leizu’s discovery, China kept the secret to silk-making ...

Full article: http://eco-chick.com/2016/06/35962/silk-ancient-natural-f...

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