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The production of silk originates in China in prehistoric times, as early as in the Neolithic (Yangshao culture, 4th millennium BCE). Silk remained confined to China until the Silk Road opened at some point during the later half of the first millennium BCE. China maintained its virtual monopoly over silk production for another thousand years. Not confined to clothing, silk was also used for a number of other applications, including writing, and the color of silk worn was an important indicator of social class during the Tang Dynasty.
Silk cultivation spread to Japan around 300 CE, and, by 522 CE, the Byzantines managed to obtain silkworm eggs and were able to begin silkworm cultivation. The Arabs also began to manufacture silk during this same time. As a result of the spread of sericulture, Chinese silk exports became less important, although they still maintained dominance over the luxury silk market. The Crusades brought silk production to Western Europe, in particular to many Italian states, which saw an economic boom exporting silk to the rest of Europe. Changes in manufacturing techniques also began to take place during the Middle Ages, with devices such as the spinning wheel first appearing. During the 16th century France joined Italy in developing a successful silk trade, though the efforts of most other nations to develop a silk industry of their own were unsuccessful.
The Industrial Revolution changed much of Europe’s silk industry. Due to innovations in spinning cotton, cotton became much cheaper to manufacture and therefore caused more expensive silk production to become less mainstream. New weaving technologies, however, increased the efficiency of production. Among these was the Jacquard loom, developed for silk embroidery. An epidemic of several silkworm diseases caused production to fall, especially in France, where the industry never recovered. In the 20th century Japan and China regained their earlier role in silk production, and China is now once again the world’s largest producer of silk. The rise of new fabrics such as nylon reduced the prevalence of silk throughout the world, and silk is now once again a rare luxury good.
With the rich history of silk and it’s availablity to only the affluent Silk Impressions® proudly beings you a luxurious line of affordable silk bedding items. Silk Impressions® quality is taken very seriously and we are constantly testing our products to meet our high standards. Bedding items are certified byTESTEX and have shown that they meet the human-ecological requirements of the strict standard established. Certification from Allergry Standards Limited, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and the Asthma Society of Canada have certified Silk Impressions® duvets to be benefictial to those who have asthma and allergies allowing for a better nights sleep.
The asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program has scientifically tested and certified Silk Impressions® duvets, as asthma & allergy friendly™.
These products have been found to be:
- An effective barrier to common allergens including dust mites and domestic animal dander.
- Manufactured from materials that do not contain chemicals and allergens at levels known to trigger asthma and allergy symptoms.
- Machine washable and under normal conditions will not accumulate household allergens at high levels when care code guidelines are followed.
With tested and proven health benefits as well as known benefits for skin and hair Silk Impressions® high standards for quality, materials and construction all work together to provide you with the best sleep environment possible.