Why did the Chinese invent silk and what was it used for?
Also, why is the invention important?
I need this information for a project… And I can’t find some answers on the Internet.
Silk is a natural protein fiber, some forms of which can be woven into textiles. The best-known type of silk is obtained from the cocoons of the larvae of the mulberry silkworm Bombyx mori reared in captivity (sericulture). The shimmering appearance of silk is due to the triangular prism-like structure of the silk fiber, which allows silk cloth to refract incoming light at different angles, thus producing different colors.
Silk fabric was first developed in ancient China, with some of the earliest examples found as early as 3500 BC. Legend gives credit for developing silk to a Chinese empress, Leizu (Hsi-Ling-Shih, Lei-Tzu). Silks were originally reserved for the Kings of China for their own use and gifts to others, but spread gradually through Chinese culture and trade both geographically and socially, and then to many regions of Asia. Silk rapidly became a popular luxury fabric in the many areas accessible to Chinese merchants because of its texture and luster. Silk was in great demand, and became a staple of pre-industrial international trade. In July 2007, archeologists discovered intricately woven and dyed silk textiles in a tomb in Jiangxi province, dated to the Eastern Zhou Dynasty roughly 2,500 years ago. Although historians have suspected a long history of a formative textile industry in ancient China, this find of silk textiles employing “complicated techniques” of weaving and dyeing provides direct and concrete evidence for silks dating before the Mawangdui-discovery and other silks dating to the Han Dynasty (202 BC-220 AD).
The first evidence of the silk trade is the finding of silk in the hair of an Egyptian mummy of the 21st dynasty, c.1070 BC. The silk trade reached as far as the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East, Europe, and North Africa. This trade was so extensive that the major set of trade routes between Europe and Asia came to be known as the Silk Road.
The Emperors of China strove to keep knowledge of sericulture secret to maintain the Chinese monopoly. Nonetheless sericulture reached Korea around 200 BC, about the first half of the 1st century AD had reached ancient Khotan, and by AD 140 the practice had been established in India.
In the ancient era, silk from China was the most lucrative and sought-after luxury item traded across the Eurasian continent, and many civilizations, such as the ancient Persians, benefited economically from trade.[
How did the Birmingham Bombing change our history?
This is for a project. Please help.
There have been three different events called the Birmingham bombing so I’ll include a brief synopsis of each of them.
From 1940 to 1943 Birmingham was bombed by the Germans in an attempt to destroy the cities industrial capabilities. Some 2,000 tonnes of bombs were dropped and over 2,000 people died.
The aftermath was the creation of new housing estates to replace the homes destroyed. It changed history because Birmingham’s determination to fight was not broken, and the city carried on as best it could.
The 1963 Birmingham, Alabama, Church bombing. On September 15, 1963, the 16th Street Baptist Church was bombed by the Ku Klux Klan, killing four girls. There were two other racially motivated killings in the city that day, the shooting of a boy who threw some stones at a car of white boys and a 13 year old boy was shot by two white boys.
How it changed history is that the murders so revolted many Birmingham citizens that they came to the church with flowers (his was white and black people). Ultimately it led to President Johnson signing the Civil Rights Act.
The 1974 Pub bombings. In 1974 the Mulberry Bush and the Tavern in the Town, both in the central area, were hit by IRA bombs. 21 people were killed and 181 were injured. Six people were arrested and imprisoned for the crimes.
How it changed history – because the six people imprisoned were not guilty, they had been set up by a lazy and corrupt police force and, after 16 years in prison they were released. The case showed the British people that the police could be corrupt, and that many cases that the Birmingham police had investigated had to be re-opened.
Where can I find lilly pulitzer scrapbook paper?
I am doing a project in math, where I have to make a booklet thingy. We get extra points for creativity, like background etc. I love lilly pulitzer, so i was going to do each page a different lilly pulitzer pattern. I was thinking like a piece of scrapbook paper with the pattern on it, do you know where i can find something like that?
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