Why is silk so expensive?
Silk. I’m not lying to you if I say that silk is one of my favorite fabrics. Since I was very young, I wrapped myself around my mother’s silk shirts and thought it was one of the best feelings in the world.
Apart from the touch, absolutely delightful, silk is a natural fabric that does not make us perspire and that, somehow, makes us feel more beautiful and elegant.
So lately, I have invested more in pieces in silk and less in viscose and other materials. This does not mean, of course, that I only buy silk (I wish). But I prefer to spend 100 € in a silk blouse that I will wear a lot than 30 € in a viscose blouse that at the end of a year is ready to go to the donation bag.
And, speaking about money, I noticed that there are a lot of people who find silk expensive. And, truth be told, it may be, but if you take the whole production process into account, it is not that expensive, believe me.
Apart from the touch, absolutely delightful, silk is a natural fabric that does not make us perspire and that, somehow, makes us feel more beautiful and elegant.<br />
How is silk made?
Most of the silk that we can buy is mulberry silk. I mean, the silk thread is made from the cocoon of the moth caterpillars, which were fed on the mulberry leaf for about 23 days. Thus, the mulberry silkworm – which generates about 95% of the production worldwide – is responsible for all the beautiful silk made pieces that we will buy.
Nowadays, sericulture is mechanized and the process is set up so that the cocoons are produced after 23 days. And of course, for the traditional industry, the cocoons used are the perfect ones, but there are imperfect cocoons whose yarn, after fabric, can generate fantastic pieces. In fact, there are brands that almost only work with the imperfect cocoons.
So, in any silk production, there are countless people involved as well as a lot of investment in facilities, mulberry plantations, etc.
Who discovered the silk?
Legend tells us that Empress Hsi-Ling-Shi was having tea when a cocoon of silkworm fell into the teacup. And when she picked it up, she realized that softened, the cocoon could be unwound, forming a thread.
Talking about facts, that is true that for more than three thousand years, the Chinese were the only ones who produced silk. And as they knew was something really great they banned the export of butterflies’ eggs and mulberry seeds in order to have total exclusivity.
But Roman Emperor Justinian was not satisfied and sent several monks to China on a spy mission to steal the silk formula. And so the religious hid the silkworm’s eggs in their luggage, having made Constantinople the the first European silk manufacturer.
Currently, China still is world’s largest silk producer, but countries like Brazil also produce it in large quantities.
What does silk have to do with the look?
The shirt, by Massimo Dutti, was one of the best things I bought on the last sales as it is 100% silk and it has this amazing colors. I went to this Portugal Fashion edition wearing this outfit and i felt comfy yet chic.
At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how trendy it is the clothes you’re wearing. What matters the most is the quality of the clothes you’re wearing.