For close to thousands of years, silk, the Queen of Fabrics, has indeed reigned supreme. Legend has it that by way of happy accident, Chinese legend, Empress Hsi Ling Shi, the wife of Emperor Huang Ti (known also as the Yellow Emperor), was the first to discover silk could be a weavable fibre all those thousands of years ago.
The story goes that one day, whilst sipping tea under a mulberry tree, a cocoon fell into the Empress’s cup and began to unravel. Enamoured with the shimmering threads of the unravelling cocoon, the Empress discovered the cocoon’s source: the Bombyx Mori silkworm found in the leaves of the mulberry tree overhead. The Empress soon after developed sericulture, the cultivation of silkworms, and later invented the reel and loom to spin the special thread she had stumbled across.
Although the origins and history of silk and it’s production are murky, the fabric has stood the test of time. Millennia later silk still seems to hold a very special place within the commerce of fashion. To this day, silk still remains the epitome of ultimate luxury and indulgence, which is exactly why we have chosen this queen of all fabrics as our focal fabric of choice.
Besides silks illustrious past and its connotation of luxury and finesse, silk is an incredible fabric in terms of its very makeup. The qualities of silk feature a long list – here are just a few of them we would like to share with you:
- Silk is the most hypoallergenic of all fabrics. Perfect for those suffering from allergies and skin issues, silk is as soft to the skin as it is kind.
- Silk is incredible at retaining heat when its cold out (contrary to popular belief), and remains comfortably cool when temperatures rise. Its natural temperature-regulating properties give silk this paradoxical ability to cool and warm simultaneously. Silk worn as a second layer warms without being bulky (our Stella slip does this perfectly!)
- Silk is highly absorbent and dries quickly. Silk will absorb perspiration while letting your skin breathe.
- Silk has anti-aging properties – our 100% silk pillowslips can account for this! Rest easy on our silk pillowslips for reduced redness and wrinkles when you wake.
Besides its luxurious softness and lustrous beauty, there are benefits of silk that other fabrics, whether natural or man-made, simply cannot match. These advantages of silk have rightly earned silk its reputation as the queen of fabrics.
Shop our Classic Collection now for your very own piece of silk heaven!