A Bit About Silk

Everyone loves a little bit of luxury, and that’s why we are so pleased to have Mulberry Silk Co. as part of the TVSN family!

The magic of silk has been part of Chinese culture from 2640BC. Silk-filled doonas and pillows are not only the ultimate in comfort but are also a great choice for allergy sufferers and asthmatics. It is well known that Marilyn Monroe swore by sleeping on silk sheets, and if it’s alright for her, it’s alright for us!

The History of Silk

According to Confucius, it was in 2640 B.C. that the Chinese princess Xi Ling Shi was the first to reel a cocoon of silk which, legend also has it, had dropped into her cup of tea. From that historic moment, the Chinese discovered the life cycle of the silk worm and for the next 3000 years were to keep their monopoly of silk.

In 552 A.D., the Emperor Justinian sent two monks on a mission to Asia, and they came back to Byzantium with silkworm eggs hidden inside their bamboo walking sticks. (The earliest known example of industrial espionage!). From then on, sericulture spread throughout Asia Minor and Greece.

Throughout the 18th Century, silk continued to prosper in Europe, Japan and above all in China. European missionaries to China reported that “even the simplest soldiers are dressed in silk”.

The early part of the 20th Century, whereas European sericulture continued its slow decline, the silk industry succeeded in maintaining a strong position through its technical innovations and the development of silk blended with other fibres.

The next major turning point was to be the Second World War. Raw-silk supplies from Japan were cut off, and the new synthetic fibres captured many of silk’s markets, such as stockings and parachutes. This interruption in silk activity in Europe and the United States sounded the death-knell of European sericulture.

After the war, Japan restored her silk production, with vastly improved reeling, inspection and classification of her raw silk. Japan was to remain the world’s biggest producer of raw silk, and practically the only major exporter of raw silk, until the 1970’s. Then China, thanks to a remarkable effort of organisation and planning, gradually re-captured her historic position as the world’s biggest producer and exporter of raw silk. In 1985, world production of raw silk was about 56000 tonnes (the same as in 1938) of which over 50% were produced in China.

The other major producers are Japan, India, the USSR, the Republic of Korea and Brazil. Silk is still produced in smaller quantities in many other countries, and several developing countries are studying new sericultural projects.

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The Mulberry Silk Co.

Mulberry Silk Co began manufacturing and product delivery due to the need for high quality alternatives to current bedding goods. The company’s vision is based on distributing the finest natural products good for both the individual and the environment. This vision led Mulberry Silk Co to establish its production in association with the Xuzhou province in China and is proud to be affiliated with a company that exports to forty countries worldwide, including Europe, Americas, Oceania and Asia.

The manufacturing of such products employs over 150 people within the province and has been operating for more than eighteen years. Production sees up to 10,000 pieces each of handmade duvets (doonas), Silk Filled Pillows and Silk Sheets every month. All products are of the highest quality and comply with both national and international standards. Mulberry Silk Co boasts a proud association with its manufacturing partner and is committed to sustaining its growth within the Australian market for many years to come. We’re thrilled to have these wonderful products at TVSN, and we’re sure you’ll love them as much as we do!

Check out the range tonight on air at 5:30pm with Moira!

Mulberry Silk

*Info and images courtesy of Mulberry Silk Co.

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