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Tuesday, March 13, 2012
The History of Silk and Some Amazing Silk Art on TAFA
Adventures on the Silk Road
If the story of cotton is sung out in tears and lament, the story of silk makes for epic movies of conquest and desire. As a fiber, silk's resilience, strength, luminosity and sheen made it a coveted material in long times past and continues to hold us like a magnet in today's fashion industry, even with our short attention span. I don't think I knew what a time consuming and fragile operation it was to work with the silk worms until I read one of Pearl S. Buck's novels. I think it was in The Good Earth. The care of the mulberry bushes, which feed the worms, was a big part of the story. As my passion for textiles increased, stories of the Silk Road, also captivated my interest. The route between China and Europe first started through the desire to conquer the unknown territories lying west of the Han dynasty: Click Here to read more and see the silk art.