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Silk Review 2001

A Survey of International Trends in Production and Trade

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This report provides an overview of production, international trade, consumption, and the generic promotion of raw silk and various silk products. It examines the ecological factors of silk trade, reviews consumer markets in selected EU countries and explains the role of China in the international silk trade. Silk producing countries and areas covered in the report include Africa, Brazil, India, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Colombia, Nepal, Uzbekistan, Japan and United Kingdom. Tables providing statistical data and prices are also included.

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Introduction

The history of silk can be traced back to China in the third millennium before the Christian era, where there is evidence of a written symbol for silk as early as 2600 BC. Fragments of Chinese silk fabrics have been found that date back to around 1500 BC. The oldest known writings on silk are of a more recent period and are found in the Indian epic the Ramayana, which was composed in 300 BC.

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