The Legend of silk’s birth

Only from the female intuition could be born a sophisticated and unique product like silk.

It is said that one day, in the 27th century before Christ, the beautiful Chinese Empress Lei-Tuz, the main wife of the famous Emperor Huang Di, was drinking tea in the shade of a mulberry tree.

While she was going to sipping that hot tea, a silkworm fell in her teacup. When she dipped her fingers to remove the small animal from her precious cup a long, very thin, iridescent thread deployed.

Enchanted from the beauty and the brightness of the thread, the Empress convinced the powerful husband to let her produce some fabric. Therefore, the husband ordered to plant some more mulberry trees and to breed silkworms.

Then the threads were twisted on a loom and was born the precious fabric. At the beginning it was thought that the silk, considered an absolutely luxury, was suited only for Emperors, Princes and members of the high nobility.

The British East India Company

The British East India Company was born in the last day of 1600, when the Queen Elizabeth signed the monopoly agreement of 15 years on the commerce with East India.

Through the years, the company’s political and economic power grew up exponentially.

Silk, cashmere, incense and many other luxury goods were transported by the great fleet of the company.

At the height of its power, the company was hardly accused of corruption until when, in 1784, was voted the Indian Act, a law that separated the Indies government from the commercial activities, ceasing the company’s independence.

The 1st January 1874 the company was definitely broken up after 184 years and one day.

Cashmere

Cachemire is a precious fiber taken from the undercoat of a particular and rare Himalayan goat called “Hircus”.

To survive to the strict temperature of their habitat, where in winter there are up to – 40°, they have developed this particular fur. Under the external hair, long and resistant, they have another one made up really thin and soft fibers, the “Duvet”. This beautiful soft and woolly material is picked up in spring by brushing manually the goat, during the moulting in order to keep the animal warm during the cold season.