Silk is also called fiber queen , is a natural protein fiber. The protein fiber of silk is composed mainly of fibroin and is produced by certain insect larvae to form cocoons.The best-known silk is obtained from the cocoons of the larvae of the mulberry silkworm Bombyx mori reared in captivity (sericulture). The shimmering appearance of silk is due to the triangular prism-like structure of the silk fibre, which allows silk cloth to refract incoming light at different angles, thus producing different colors.
Silk fabric was first developed in ancient China . Silks were originally reserved for the Emperors of China for their own use and gifts to others, but spread gradually through Chinese culture and trade both geographically and socially, and then to many regions of Asia. Because of its texture and lustre, silk rapidly became a popular luxury fabric in the many areas accessible to Chinese merchants.
The silk trade reached as far as the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East,Europe,and North Africa. This trade was so extensive that the major set of trade routes between Europe and Asia came to be known as the Silk Road.
In the Odyssey, 19.233, when Odysseus, while pretending to be someone else, is questioned by Penelope about her husband's clothing, he says that he wore a shirt "gleaming like the skin of a dried onion" which could refer to the lustrous quality of silk fabric. The Roman Empire knew of and traded in silk, and Chinese silk was the most highly priced luxury good imported by them. During the reign of emperor Tiberius ,sumptuary laws were passed that forbade men from wearing silk garments, but these proved ineffectual.Despite the popularity of silk, the secret of silk-making only reached Europe around AD 550, via the Byzantine Empire. Legend has it that monks working for the emperor Justinian sumggled silkworm eggs to Constantinople in hollow canes from China. All top-quality looms and weavers were located inside the Great palace complex in Constantinople, and the cloth produced was used in imperial robes or in diplomacy, as gifts to foreign dignitaries. The remainder was sold at very high prices.
Today, ME offers the most unique, luxurious, quality goods manufactured to specifications which will always ensure your comfort and pleasure.
Whether we're talking bed linens, pajamas, kimonos, camisoles, lingerie, or simply scarves, all of these products are made by hand of only the finest 100 % all natural Chinese silk, guaranteeing a handicraft with the look and feel only our best Chinese artisans can create for you.
Jili Silk. We use only Jili silk in all of our silk products. Jili silk, is the most sought after, highly regarded silk in ancient China. Jili silk was awarded the Gold Prize at the first World Expo held in London in 1851. In ancient times Jili silk was the only silk used to craft the robes of Chinese Emperors.
We're proud to be able to expertly craft our fine products with historic Jili silk.
4.Conducting a simple burn test to authenticate pure, natural silk.
One of the simplest methods of determining the authenticity and purity of natural silk is to carefully conduct a quick and easy burn test on a small sample of the fiber.
First, extract a very small sample piece of fabric from an inconspicuous inside edge of the garment or piece in question. As little as a few threads or fibers are all that's necessary to conduct a successful test. Next, ensure you have some water readily available and close at hand. Then place your sample in a fireproof container, such as a porcelain or ceramic dish or plate or hold it tightly with a pair of tweezers or tongs. Next, carefully ignite your sample with the flame from a match or lighter.
IF your sample consists ONLY of 100% pure, natural silk you should obtain and observe the following results: As soon as you remove the flame of the match or lighter from the sample, it will STOP burning. The sample should emit the odor of burning human hair or bird feathers, giving off a faint glow, while curling into a small, ashy, brown, ball which then crumbles into a fine powder. The reaction of burning wool yarn produces similar results. This is because yarn, hair, silk and feathers all consist primarily of similar amino protein based fibroids or keratins.
NOTE! Some synthetic and man-made fibers and textiles are extremely flammable! Such fibers and materials may continue to burn after the initial flame has been removed or extinguished. If the sample you've burned flames brightly, continues burning, produces a sticky, gooey, resin-like ball, thick, black smoke that smells like buring plastic and drips residue, then your sample is NOT 100% pure, natural silk.