The fiber us a fine continuous strand unwound from the cocoon of silkworm. Silkworms are generally cultivated. The fiber can be fine and coarse, is lustrous, smooth, light weight, strong and elastic.
Japan was the first country to undertake commercial production of silk. It is ranked number one, in terms of production of fine quality silk. Other countries include:
Silk has been used since a long time for a number of applications including:
- Home furnishings