The Legend of Silk

There are many legends on how silk was first discovered some more believable than others, such as the one we have read online about the flying, talking horse and the girl (not so believable).

According to Chinese legend, silk was first discovered in 2640 BC by XiLingJi, the fourteen year old wife of China’s third Emperor – called “Yellow Emperor”- HuangDi.

It is said that XiLingJi was having tea beneath a mulberry tree in the palace gardens, when a cocoon fell from the tree into her cup of hot tea. She and her handmaidens were astonished to see the cocoon start to unravel, revealing a long delicate thread. XiLingJi was so delighted by its beauty and strength that she had thousands of cocoons collected and then wove them into a robe for the Emperor.