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The history of silk

Silk production dates back as far as 3000 BC. Lady Hsi-Ling-Shih - the wife of the mystical Yellow Emperor - discovered silk production, and for more than 2000 years the secrets behind production were jealously guarded.

An economic factor

Silk was reserved for the Emperor and the people closest to him. Gradually silk became more common among the population, and quickly became an important economic factor in the chinese economy. The peasants could pay their taxes in either corn or silk. In the Han Dynasty, silk became so common and important for the economy that it became a currency in itself.

Ancient trading item

The Silk Road, that stretched for over 8000 km through central and southern Asia experienced an upswing in about the year 200, when the Roman Emperor often received silk presents from China's rulers.

It started in Rome

In the beginning only the most powerful families in Rome that enjoyed imported silk, but before long it became more widespread. It's said that the Romans addiction to silk was so great, that it threatened the roman economy. The Roman Senate banned the use of silk, as the import of silk caused an equivalent export of gold.