The rich history of silk only adds to its appeal. Legend has it that chief wife of Emperor Huang Ti (2677-2597 B.C.) discovered silk when a cocoon dropped from a tree to her cup of tea, and Lady His-Ling drew out a long thread. The Chinese maintained a monopoly on silk production for thousands of years, exporting to the Middle East and Europe via the legendary Silk Road. It wasn’t until the time of the Crusades that Italy became known for its sericulture, with France following closely behind. At the top of its class, Matalese embossed fabric is a dull weave that allows this fabric to retain a soft feel and supple drape, perfect for gowns and robes.
Hand washing is always the best and safest method for washing SILK. Add 2 capfuls or a squirt of liquid detergent to a washbasin or sink filled with cool water. Submerge the item and gently agitate the water with your hands to evenly distribute soap. Soak for up to 30 minutes. Rinse well by running cool water through the item until the water is no longer soapy. Do not wring. Instead, press the water out of the item on a towel.