The empress of noble fabrics, whose trade secret was jealously guarded by the Chinese for over 2500 years, silk is the only natural textile fibre whose thread is continuous. It is taken from the cocoon of the Bombyx Mori caterpillar, also called the silkworm, and its appearance varies according to the way it is woven or worked.
This piece of fabric was originally a simple perfume handkerchief, ensuring the nasal hygiene of ancient Greeks, French nobility and even Richard II of England. In the 19th century it emigrated from the trouser pocket to the jacket breast pocket and in the 1920s it became a fashion accessory. A few decades later Cary Grant and Gary Cooper immortalised it as a symbol of elegance.