Silk FAQs:

Q: Is silk a natural protein fiber?

A: Yes, and some forms of which can be woven into textiles.

Q: Is silk excellent as clothing that protects from many biting insects that would ordinarily pierce clothing?

A: Yes, such as mosquitoes and horseflies.

Q: Is silk described in a chapter on mulberry planting by Si Shengzhi of the Western Han?

A: Yes, There is a surviving calendar for silk production in an Eastern Han document.

Q: Are silks not cultivated was by tedious and labor-intensive carding?

A: Yes.

Q: Is silk known to manifest piezoelectric properties in proteins?

A: Yes, and probably due to its molecular structure.

Q: Is silk one of the strongest natural fibers?

A: Yes, but it loses up to 20% of its strength when wet.

Q: Is silk considered to be a symbol of royalty?

A: Yes, and and, historically, silk was used primarily by the upper classes.

Q: Is silk a poor conductor of electricity and thus susceptible to static cling?

A: Yes.

Q: Was silk te spinning?

A: Yes.

Q: Is silk produced by several insects?

A: Yes, but generally only the silk of moth caterpillars has been used for textile manufacturing.

Q: Is silk mainly produced by the larvae of insects undergoing complete metamorphosis?

A: Yes, but some insects such as webspinners and raspy crickets produce silk throughout their lives.

Q: Is silk produced?

A: Yes, and collectively called Assam silk: Muga, Eri and Pat silk.

Q: Was silk perfect, but the lining entirely gone ..?

A: Yes, from the thread giving way ... No articles of dress of woollen cloth have yet been found.

Q: Is silk resistant to most mineral acids?

A: Yes, and except for sulfuric acid, which dissolves it.

Q: Is silk composed mainly of fibroin and is produced by certain insect larvae to form cocoons?

A: Yes.

Q: Was silk the most highly priced luxury good imported by them?

A: Yes.

Q: Is silk woven on a traditional hand-operated loom?

A: Yes.

Q: Was silk used as the standard for the denier?

A: Yes, and a measurement of linear density in fibers.

Q: Was silk produced at Lullingstone Castle in Kent?

A: Yes.

Q: Was silk a major item of international trade for centuries?

A: Yes.

Q: Is silk called sericulture?

A: Yes.

Q: Was silk in great demand?

A: Yes, and became a staple of pre-industrial international trade.

Q: Is silk obtained from the cocoons of the larvae of the mulberry silkworm Bombyx mori reared in captivity?

A: Yes, The shimmering appearance of silk is due to the triangular prism-like structure of the silk fibre, which allows silk cloth to refract incoming light at different angles, thus producing different colors.

Q: Were silks originally reserved for the Emperors of China for their own use and gifts to others?

A: Yes, but spread gradually through Chinese culture and trade both geographically and socially, and then to many regions of Asia.

Q: Is silk produced year-round in Thailand by two types of silkworms?

A: Yes, and the cultured Bombycidae and wild Saturniidae.

Q: Was silk produced in and exported from the province of Granada?

A: Yes, and Spain, especially the Alpujarras region, until the Moriscos, whose industry it was, were expelled from Granada in 1571.

Q: Is silk coated in sericin?

A: Yes, and a water-soluble protective gum, and solidifies on contact with the air.