-KrAzY- asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 decade ago

4 interesting facts on silk please!?

I need help on home work. What are some interesting facts for silk? Besides the length of silk a cocoon can spin. Also, it has to relate to Ancient China. HELP PLEASE!

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Chinese history credits the invention of silk fabric to Yuen Fei, the concubine of an Emperor who ruled in 2,600 B.C. Legend has it she dropped a cocoon into hot tea and it unraveled. She, by reason of the discovery, has been deified and is worshipped as the goddess of silk worms.

    Tusah silk is produced by silkworms that feed on oak leaves.

    Silk dupioni is produced from 2 silkworms that spin a cocoon together, thus making a strong double-thread silk. Dupioni silk is currently enjoying great popularity.

    The finest quality silk is made by mulberry silk moth, Bombyx mori, which, of course, feeds on mulberry leaves.

    The average cocoon contains 300-400 meters of silk.

    It takes about 5500 silkworms to produce 1 kg (2.2lb) of raw silk!

    One ounce of eggs produces about 20,000 worms, which consume a ton of mulberry leaves during their lifetime.

    Silk has been unearthed in the Qianshanyang Village of Huzhou in Zhejiang (China) and has been estimated to have been produced 4700 years ago!

    The term SHANTUNG (A heavy wild-silk fabric with a rough surface) comes from the region of Shantung in China. The term ORGANDY (crisp cotton or silk fabric) comes from the town named Urgench (in present-day Uzbekistan in Central Asia). It was on the old silk route and was an early market for Chinese silk fabric.

    Countries all over the world celebrate silk by issuing stamps in honor of sericulture (silk production).

    Source(s): denver fabrics.com
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Silk is a natural protein fiber, some forms of which can be woven into textiles. The best-known type of silk is obtained from cocoons made by the larvae of the mulberry silkworm Bombyx mori reared in captivity (sericulture). The shimmering appearance for which silk is prized comes from the fibers' triangular prism-like structure which allows silk cloth to refract incoming light at different angles.

    They were you as amour in sort for Ghangis Khan army if hit a arrow it pierce the skin but not the silk enabling the person to pull it out quickly.

    Silk's good absorbency makes it comfortable to wear in warm weather and while active. Its low conductivity keeps warm air close to the skin during cold weather. It is often used for clothing such as shirts, blouses, formal dresses, high fashion clothes, negligees, pyjamas, robes, skirtsuits, sun dresses and underwear.

    Silk's elegant, soft luster and beautiful drape makes it perfect for many furnishing applications. It is used for upholstery, wall coverings, window treatments (if blended with another fiber), rugs, bedding and wall hangings.

    While on the decline now, due to artificial fibers, silk has had many uses; parachutes, bicycle tires, comforter filling and artillery gunpowder bags. From the blackpowder era, until roughly World War I, early bulletproof vests were made from silk. A special manufacturing process makes it suitable as non-absorbable surgical sutures. Chinese doctors have used it to make prosthetic arteries[citation needed]. Silk cloth is also used as a material on which to write.

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  • 1 decade ago

    1.Silk fabric was first developed in ancient China, possibly as early as 6000 BC

    2.The silk trade from China reached as far as the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East, Europe, and North Africa.

    3.The Emperors of China strove to keep knowledge of silk secret to maintain the Chinese monopoly.

    4.Silks are produced by several other insects, but only the silk of moth caterpillars has been used for textile manufacture

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  • 3 years ago


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  • 4 years ago

    Wow! Thank you for sharing all the interesting fact to all of us! Hmm... I didn't know that people grow taller when they're in space! Wow! Add me.

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  • 1 decade ago

    well, it was used in China first,

    discovered [used] couple thousands years ago.

    well, that's 2

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