Silk between past and present

Silk between past and present

Legend tells silk was discovered by the Chinese Empress Lei-tzu, around the twenty-seventh century b.C., by pure chance.

One day, while she was drinking her afternoon tea in the shade of a mulberry tree, a cocoon dropped into her hot cup; when she tried to remove it, the cocoon unfolded in a long and iridescent thread.

This precious fabric has become popular in all over the world thanks to its unique qualities. It is the most durable natural fiber; it has a porous structure that breathes and it has the advantage of providing both heat during the winter and freshness during the summer. It shines like no other fabric; it is very easy to dye and absorb the colors better than other types of natural fibers.

Originally, silk was produced exclusively in China. The country has tried to keep the working process as secretive as possible, but thanks to the business, word of mouth has inevitably spread.

Only in the twelfth century Italy became one of the most important centers for silk production. In 1510 Pietro Boldoni of Bellano was the first to establish a silk industry in Como; after its initial efforts, its products began to spread, quickly overtaking most of the major Silk Production Centers in Europe.

Como provides the ideal environment for developing sericulture, with its abundance of mulberry trees and crystalline waters. A harmonious combination of these two factors together with Italian craftsmen’s attention to detail and refined creativity have been the ingredients for success.

Through the persevering work of generations, the city of Como has built a reputation of fame; it reached such a peak that was renamed “Silk City”.

And here is where the fabrics used for the dresses of Roxana Pansino come from: only the best for creations of excellence.

 

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