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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 The History Of Silk The LegendA silkworm cocoon fell into the teacup of a Chinese princess in the Yellow Emperor's court. It began to unravel in the heat. She unwound the cocoon and decided to weave it into fabric. Thus silk was discovered! Because of its importance to trade, silk gave its name to the network of trade routes linking Asia with Europe and Africa -- The Silk Road. The Silk Road extended 5,000 miles connecting East, South, and Western Asia with the Mediterranean and European world, as well as parts of North and East Africa Along the Silk Road, Chinese silk was shipped West, horses and grapes were shipped from west of China to its interior. As the Silk Road grew, wool and flax, carpets and tapestries traveled to China from Central Asia and the East Mediterranean. Chinese silk, tea, and porcelain made its way to Europe and Africa. Furs, animals, skins, cattle and slaves were sent to China. Silk was highly valued by many becauseit was Lustrous, Lightweight, ResilientSilk is also so strong that one filament of Silk is stronger than one made of steel. 3000 BC Silk isfirst produced in China First Seen in Rome 1 AD Ancient Silk farming secrets spread along silk road 300 AD Silk worm eggswere smuggled out of China 400 AD 500 AD Silk production and weavingestablished in Italy 1100 AD China reduces silktrade and effectivelyends the Silk Road out of fear of foreign influence 1400 AD China once again returns to its position as the largest exporter of raw silk 1900's AD For 1,000 years, silk could be wornonly by the Chinese Emperor and high court nobility. A single kimono requiresthe silk of about 2,000 cocoons The Silk Road Silk was so valuable that it was onceused as a monetary standard in China Silkworm farms appear in Europe Also during this time the Roman Empire Paid Alaric the Visigoth, 4,000 silktunics to spare Rome From a barbarian seige
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