Chinese Silk Essay

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China is an East Asian country with a large territory, a huge population and an ancient history with written records dates from 3500 years ago. It is recognized as one of the four great ancient civilizations of the world, together with ancient Egypt, Babylon and India. Moreover, Chinese civilization is the only ancient civilization that has continued to this very day. It may also be well known that China is the source of many wonderful and useful inventions from spaghetti to paper.
Of all the invention that can think of as typical of China, silk seems to be the oldest Chinese invention. Traces of silk fabric have been found among remains which date back to the earliest historical Chinese dynasty, about 1300 B.C. It is possible, that the use
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When the empress was sipping tea under a mulberry tree, a cocoon fell into her cup and Lady Xi Ling Shi, the empress, got hold of the cocoon to take it out of the tea but, due to the heat of the drink, it started to unravel and yard by yard, it covered the entire garden. The empress became so enamoured with the shimmering threads, she discovered their source, the Bombyx mori silkworm found in the mulberry tree. The empress soon developed sericulture, the cultivation of silkworms, and invented the reel and loom. Thus began the history of silk.
When the Chinese discovered the secret to creating silk, they held the monopoly on silk production worldwide. The industry was such a boon to Chinese trade that an imperial decree was issued which condemned to death anyone who attempted to sneak silkworms or eggs out of the empire.
But the secret did eventually get out, and there are lots of theories concerning how. One tells the story of a Chinese princess who was leaving to marry the Prince of Khotan. She loved silk so dearly that she hid silkworm eggs in her hairpiece. However, Khotan also kept the secret, so the mystery of silk continued for the westerners. By 300 CE Japan learned the secrets of silk production when a Japanese expedition managed to take some silkworm eggs and also four young girls who were trained in the art of creating the
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