Considered the most precious fabric on the planet, silk needs no introduction, its beauty and its extraordinary qualities have made it synonymous with splendor and royalty for centuries. In his name, wars have been fought, empires have been conquered and fortunes have been accumulated, his tumultuous and fascinating history, closely intertwined with the events of man since the dawn of modern civilization. The natural characteristics of silk give this very elegant fabric an incredibly soft but supple "hand". The material of choice for the most precious garments, Malo enhances its qualities by skilfully mixing it with other natural fibers to obtain blends with exceptional characteristics.
The origins of silk are lost in legend, thousands of years ago, in the far east between the borders of the ancient Chinese empire. Tradition has it that one day the wife of the then Yellow Huangdi Emperor, who lived around 3000 BC, took a walk in the imperial gardens and noticed some shimmering threads among the mulberry leaves. There are several versions of how silk began to be spun from small silkworms but the most fascinating tells of a small cocoon accidentally fallen into a warm cup of tea. Xi Ling-Shi, this is the name of the emperor's wife, observed him unveiling himself in a very long silk thread. For millennia the art of sericulture remained the exclusive prerogative of China, the most jealously guarded secret in history. In the name of silk, complex trade routes opened up from China to Africa to reach Europe. But China was not destined to maintain its monopoly, the sericulture reached Korea around 200 BC and later the West, through cross streets, thefts and subterfuges. When it was first discovered, silk was reserved exclusively for the use of the sovereign granted only to the emperor, to his close relatives and to the highest of his dignitaries. It was around 550 AD that two Nestorian monks appeared at the court of the Byzantine emperor Justinian with silkworm eggs hidden in hollow bamboo sticks. Thus Byzantium entered the silk trade, imperial workshops were created, and again the mysterious art of silkworm cultivation became a state secret. The Chinese silks always maintained the absolute primacy in terms of beauty and quality, its legendary luster conquered the world by 1200 was produced, as well as in China, India, the Middle East and Europe.
The production of silk is a very long and laborious process that requires constant, almost obsessive attention. Feeding of silkworms, air temperature, light and humidity are all determining factors for obtaining an excellent product in every respect. Raw silk is a fiber of protein filament, hundreds of meters long, extruded from the silkworm at the moment when it weaves the cocoon around itself. Thanks to the triangular section of the filaments, light is reflected from different angles, thus producing an extraordinary brightness that varies according to its texture. Fresh in summer and warm in winter, flowing over the body, pure silk is well suited to different types of garments, more comfortable and luxurious than any other fabric in the world, it maintains its beauty over time due to its resistant fibers.
Washing and care
Pure silk is a natural fabric for this reason, if carefully washed, it will retain all its precious characteristics over time. A gentle hand wash will ensure that the fabrics do not come into contact with chemicals that could damage them. It is advisable to immerse the garment in cold water, use only specific delicate detergents without forgetting that silk is made of a protein very similar to that of human hair and therefore needs special attention. No need to leave it in the water for a long time, the silk quickly releases impurities.
Do not wring, to remove excess water, place the wet garment on a white cotton towel, then roll the ends so that the towel absorbs the excess. Finally hang the garment on a padded hanger. The drying process, far from direct sources of heat and sunlight, should not take more than an hour.