China is a “Kingdom of Silk” of world renown.
Jiangsu, Guangdong, Hunan and Sichuan provinces abound in natural silk and
products made of it. The most distinguished silk products, however, are
found in Hangzhou, where they come in a dozen varieties including pongee,
brocade, damask, faille, and satin. All of them are pleasantly colored and
soft and smooth to the touch.