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Fashion History

Chinese Silk: The Fabric of Royalty

Chinese Silk: The Fabric of Royalty

According to a Chinese legend referenced in the writings of Confucius, silk was discovered in 2640 BCE by Xi Lingshi, the young wife of the Emperor of China. It is said that she was drinking tea under a mulberry tree in the garden of the imperial palace when a cocoon fell from the tree into her hot tea.