The origin of silk production and weaving is ancient and clouded in legend but according to native record, it existed from sometime before the middle of the 3rd millennium BCE.
As the Chinese legend goes, Empress His Ling Shi was first person to discover silk in the 27th century BC. Whilst sipping her tea under a mulberry tree, a cocoon fell into her cup and began to unravel. She was fascinated by what she saw, it was made of one long, light reflecting strand. The Empress immediately became fascinated with the threads so shiny and resistant, suspecting that they could be woven into beautiful textiles