Term:Silk

Categories: Material

Silk is a natural fiber that comes from several insects including silkworms, moth caterpillars, and spiders. Silk production calls for killing the animal, usually with heat or hot water before it emerges from its cocoon  so it is not cruelty free. The environmental impact of silk production is potentially large when compared with other natural fibers.  It is one of the strongest natural fibers.  Silk is excellent as clothing because it protects from many biting insects that would ordinarily pierce clothing, such as mosquitoes and horseflies.

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