Secrets of Silk

Is silk really stronger than steel? Can a silkworm produce a strand of silk more than a mile long? What gives silk its luster? These and many other fascinating questions were answered by Secrets of Silk, an exhibition exploring the production and use of one of the world's most luxurious fibers. The textiles on view highlighted the creativity of different silk weaving cultures around the world and showed how weavers and embroiderers have produced textiles that delight the eye with their vibrant colors and lustrous sheen. The exhibition also explored the unique properties of silk and the labor-intensive process of silkworm cultivation. Featured textiles were drawn exclusively from the museum's collections.