was taking her tea under a mulberry tree when a little ball dropped into her cup.
Under the effect of the heat and humidity, it reeled off a long white, shiny thread, the. silk.
Silk became highly valued and served as currency.
Its manufacturing secrets were jealously guarded and only finished products reached the West.
' The Silk Road' ,describes the movement of goods (not only silk but also perfumes, spices, precious woods etc.), ideas and techniques, as well as relations, between East and West.
The Silk Road is the most well-known trading route of ancient Chinese civilization. Trade in silk grew under the Han Dynasty ( 202 BC - AD 220) in the first and second centuries AD.
The route grew with the rise of the Roman Empire because the Chinese initially gave silk to the Roman-Asian governments as gifts.
IX-XIIth century : silk weaving introduced to Sicily by the Arab Conquests. Founding of the first manufacturing workshop in Palermo. First imports were with the crusades.
XIII-XVth century : Venice and Florence establish themselves as independent centres.
XVth century : Tours (the first capitol of France) becomes a major centre for silk manufacture.
Following this refusal in 1466, king Louis XI, then in his Plessis les Tours chateau,
Tours then rivalled the largest Italian cities.
Then the Tours silk industry was to experience the vicissitudes of fortune during the centuries and events that were to follow.
In 1536, François I created the first silk factory in Lyons.
The town then obtained a monopoly over the silk trade. This was the start of the competition between Tours and Lyon.
The silk industry in Tours was, however, to experience some good times, in particular, in the XVIIIth century, during which production increased enormously.
Louis XV (the young and adorable) the ‘Royal damask and velvet factory’ was created.
Then along came the invention of the Jacquard mechanism, a system of perforated cards which memorize the design (motifs and colours) and, using a binary system, guide the needles raising the lengthwise grain.
And so ..........fashion was born.
I came across this little story of the Chinese Empress beneath The Mulberry Tree having tea,
and by chance, she discovered SILK.
...I don't know what happened,
.This post just morphed into what you see here.
I hope you enjoyed it..
Tomorrow is Saturday. I will be wearing SILK, and trying to look fabulous.
I have included a few interesting sites for you to go to
Newsweek says that The Silk Road is re-opening.
More On the History of Silk in Lyon http://belovedlinens.net/fabrics/Lyon-silk1.html
More about LYON
Tours France -
link : http://www.lemanach.fr/history2.html
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