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Textiles that Changed Fashion Forever

These textiles revolutionized American fashion forever.

The Silk Road

The Silk Road was an ancient trade route that linked China with the West. It carried goods and ideas between the two great civilizations of Rome and China. Silk went westward, and wools, gold, and silver went east.

China received Nestorian Christianity and Buddhism from India via the Silk Road.


How did silk change fashion forever?

While most of us recognize silk as being soft and smooth, it can also be crisp and textured. This allows versatility in fashion. Silk fiber is woven and processed in many ways, which determines its appearance, quality and use. As the strongest natural protein fiber, it can also be blended with other fibers to create a sturdy and more versatile fabric.