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Silk Definition

Silk is a natural product produced by worms of different types and is used by humans mainly as cloth or fiber for clothing. Silk is a delicate element and that is why it is sold at high prices in the market, in addition to the fact that the manufacturing and treatment process is very particular and exclusive. The garments made in silk always maintain a very unique cut, softness and delicacy, which is why it is the fabric used by the most important designers.

It is believed that silk is native to China although other regions of Southeast Asia also have very ancient records of the existence of this fabulous product. Silk is produced and worked by different insects, mainly by those known as silkworms. However, other insects such as larvae, spiders, bees and wasps all release silky substances that are very similar to officially accepted silk.

One of the most striking and obvious characteristics of silk is its impressive shine that is also completely natural. This is achieved from the shape of the silk fibers generated by the aforementioned insects. These fibers let light through in a particular way and that is why the fabric permanently maintains the shine. In addition, silk is especially soft compared to other fabrics. While today we can find numerous silk-like synthetic fabrics on the market, both in sight and in touch there is no possible point of comparison between one and the other.

Despite its visual delicacy, silk is a very strong fiber that becomes difficult to break or cut by hand. However, if it is wet or heat-dried, it easily loses its properties and its original size, so its treatment must be very careful.

Author: Cecilia Bembibre | Site: - definition | Date: August 2010 | URL: /general/seda.php