Why did we fall in love with silk?

Silk is one of the most luxurious fabrics ever created, often crowned to as a Queen of fibers. It is soft to touch, yet incredibly strong; it is delicate, yet has a high resistance to deformation; it keeps you warm in winter and cool in summer. So what makes this miraculous fabric so lustrous and highly valued that remains aspired for centuries?

The legend says that the cocoon fell into the Emperor’s wife’s cup of tea in the imperial gardens. When she removed it, she saw the silk unraveling into a single strand. This was the beginning that led to naming the most important trade route connecting economical, cultural, political and religious interactions between Far East and Europe. The fact that this route was named the Silk road (not the Spices road not the Tea road) shows all you need to know about the importance of silk. 

The highest quality silk comes from silkworms which are fed on an exclusive diet of mulberry leaves (this is where the luxury Mulberry brand name comes from). There have been debates on silk’s impact on the environment. However, as with most ethical issues in fashion, it is difficult to quantify the impact of silk and the conclusion lies on your priorities. I see silk as a pro environment first of all because it is made of natural fibers, it is biodegradable and recyclable. It is also hard wearing and lasts for generations. As a conscious fashion consumer, I believe it is more important to buy an item that you will wear for years and years to come; and let’s face it is more likely to be a silk item rather than a polyester. 

Silk is not only good for your body, but also for your skin and hair. Silk has a beautiful sheen and glossiness that adds to the luxurious feel and look. We often hear our Isabella Le Milliae customers describing that they feel like floating angels when they wear our silk kimonos. It has been thousands of years since silk has been discovered, but yet there is no other rival to compete against it. 

We fell in love with silk due to its unique properties and chose silk as our foundation as we wanted every customer to feel like an Emperor. As Oscar de La Renta said silk does for the body what diamonds do for the hand.

Sandra Dailidyte


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