Sericulture, the raising of silkworms in order to obtain silk, was first practiced in China. According to a Chinese legend, it was discovered about 2700 B. C. in the garden of Emperor Huang Di. The Emperor ordered his wife, Xi Ling Shi, to find out what was damaging his mulberry trees.
She found small white worms eating the mulberry leaves and spinning shiny cocoons. She accidentally dropped one of the cocoons into some hot water. The cocoon started to unravel and Xi Ling Shi found the cocoon was made of a beautiful fine thread - silk.
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