~☆~YARN THURSDAY~☆~Drops Baby Alpaca Silk~☆~PART 1
Drops Baby Alpaca Silk “…is spun from 3 strands in a combination of the best of two wonderful fibres, being a mix of 70% baby alpaca (for the softness) and 30% mulberry silk (for strength and glossy shine). The yarn fibres are untreated, which means they are only washed and not exposed to any chemical treatment prior to the dyeing. This highlights the fibre’s natural properties, while it also provides a better shape and texture quality.”(1)
This is the first time Yarn Thursday will be looking at yarn with silk in it. To highlight this exciting new fibre this post will be exclusively dedicated to silk. “Silk is one of the oldest fibres known by humankind. It is a natural protein fibre, which has been used in textile manufacture for at least 5,000 years. About 90% of commercial silk fibres employed in the textile industry come from Lepidopteran silkworms... In the textile industry, it is commonly referred to as “mulberry silk”. It was believed that an ancient Chinese princess was the first to discover the process for manufacturing silk fabric from the filament fibre produced by silkworms. Even though this was considered to be a legend, the first country to manufacture silk fabric was China…. China was the only country producing silk for approximately 3,000 years before spreading to other Asian countries. Japan is currently manufacturing more silk than any other country in the world.” (2)
For a very long time, silk garments were only made for the Emperor of China and those very close to him, such as important family members and very high-ranking dignitaries. Now looking back at one of my posts from last year about alpaca fibres, during “ancient Incan times, alpaca fibre was used to make clothes for royalty and was known as “the fibre of the gods”. (3) How fascinating this that?
This yarn combines two fibres that at some point in our history were only reserved for royalty and now we have access to it to make lavishly soft garments for ourselves and our loved ones. Have you used this yarn before?