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Silk is a natural protein fibre composed mainly of the protein Fibroin and the most famous type of silk and the type widely used in textiles is the fibre produced by the larvae of the silk moth.
The most famous and generally regarded as the best type of silk is "Mulberry" silk. This produced from the cocoons of the silkworm (Bombyx Mori) and cultivated exclusively on Mulberry leaves.
Mulberry silk has better strength and sheen generally than wild silk (Tussah Silk) and has a fineness of around 10/12 microns.
When used in blends with Wool, Alpaca and Mohair it provides the blended yarns with greater strength, better handle and more vivid colours when dyed.