Silk is a very fine, natural textile fibre which originates from China. It is made from the cocoons of silkworms, the larva of the silk moth. As silk consists mainly of protein, it has the best skin compatibility properties of all textile fibres. Owing to its particularly fine, smooth fibre texture, silk is very smooth and soft. Typical fabrics produced in further silk processing are chiffon, satin and taffeta. Silk is hallmarked by its sheen and strength. In addition, silk fabrics also absorb colour very well. Silk has excellent insulating properties and is warm in winter and cool in summer. Silk fabrics are very sensitive to water and must therefore be washed carefully by hand.