Such was the importance of Valencia’s historical part in the production of silk, that it paved the way for Spain’s entry into the Silk Road Programme of the UNWTO (World Tourism Organisation).
“Appealing, elegant, and rooted”
Mediterranean-style natural silk kimonos: a tour around the Valencia Silk Museum
Located at the heart of the city, in the building of the College of High Silk Art (Colegio del Arte Mayor de la Seda), the museum calls for a visit in which to learn, step-by-step, about the history of silk.
From the 15th century until the end of the 18th century, the main activity of the Valencian silk industry was the production of silk fibre. This was hard work, and though it was a seasonal job – March to June -, it was vital for the survival of peasant families.
On our tour, we’ll learn about all this history not only through display panels, but also by visiting some quaint rooms, such as the workshop, where you’ll find out about silkworm breeding and the art of colouring.
The influence of silk in Valencian history, culture, and fashion
A visit to the museum helps to understand the history of Valencian fashion, and why lighter and more colourful, attractive pieces started to be favoured.
It also provides insight into the culture of our city, and how the Fallas pay homage to the silk tradition. In fact, on our tour we’re given a demonstration of how a Fallas costume fabric is woven.
A visit to the museum’s shop is another must, as well as having a coffee on its wonderful terrace – a pleasure for all senses.
Valencia: centre of the Spanish silk industry
The Silk Road connected East and West and made Valencia a reference point on the Silk Road.
To honour this tradition, at Vida y Milagros we make kimonos (dresses, bags, and scarves) with high quality fabrics, handmade finishes, and different types of silk – always 100% natural.
Vida y Milagros silk
There are many types of silk, but we don’t want to overwhelm you with an extensive list. We just want you to become familiar with the silk that will embrace and accompany you to your most special events:
– Silk satin: shiny and delicate. Wonderful for making kimonos with a graceful drape.
– Silk twill: matt and versatile. Ideal for unlined kimonos that you’ll choose to wear on numerous occasions.
– Habotai silk: soft and transparent. Perfect for our beautiful soft scarves that’ll caress your neck.
Mediterranean-style natural silk kimonos that pay tribute to the importance of silk in Valencia
Silk is not only key in the history of the kimono, but it also revolutionised fashion and its industry.
It’s a natural fibre that makes kimonos soft, shiny, and delicate. Our dress kimonos are comfortable to wear and pleasant to the touch. The result is a light and breathable garment, perfect for any occasion.
A garment in the fashion industry made of a delicate fabric – about which we know much more after our tour.
And if you visit the Silk Museum before October, you may also see a wonderful exhibition: “De la Ruta de la Seda a la Fiesta de Moros y Cristianos” (from the Silk Road to the Moors and Christians Festival).
An exhibition that displays the costumes of the Ontinyent Moorish captaincy for the 2020-2022 ‘Mudéjares comparsa’ (organised festive group parading through the streets).
The garments made in Uzbekistan show that both Uzbeksitan and Valencia have played an important role in the development of textile and silk production craftsmanship.
*Garments woven from silk using the ikat technique, which consists in tying the threads for dyeing.
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