Marvelous Silk, Silk Fabric Facts Posted on February 15, 2011 under Cleaning Tips, Fashion, Garment Care. | no comments.Did you know that Chinese history credits the invention of silk fabric to Yuen Fei, the concubine of an Emperor who ruled in 2,600 B.C. Legend has it she dropped a cocoon into hot tea and it unraveled. She, by reason of the discovery, has been deified and is worshiped as the goddess of silk worms. Did you know that the finest quality silk is made by mulberry silk moth, Bombyx mori, which, of course, feeds on mulberry leaves.
Did you know that silk has been unearthed in the Qianshanyang Village of Huzhou in Zhejiang (China) and has been estimated to have been produced 4700 years ago! Did you know that In the next few years, we might be filling our closets with smart shirts that can read our heart rate and breathing, and musical jackets with built in all-fabric keypads.
The electronics and computer industries are developing wearable devices and computerized apparel, so that they are virtually invisible. As with all clothes, computerized apparel starts with the proper thread. Silk fabric is ideal for computerized clothing because it is made with fibers that make it conducive to electricity.
The first fiber is just an ordinary silk thread, but running in the opposite direction of the fiber is silk thread that is wrapped in a thin copper foil. It’s this copper foil that gives silk fabric the ability to conduct electricity. Not only is this type of silk fabric a good electrical conductor, it’s fiber’s are spaced with the right amount of space, so that the fibers can be individually addressed.