I think most of us can appreciate the look and feel of silk without knowing too much about it. However, the more that you know, the more amazing it is. It's one of those things that you wonder... how did anyone even stumble upon this and decide to make fabric? Well, someone did figure this out nearly 5000 years ago. But without going into the long history of silk production, I thought you might be interested in what silk is and where it comes from.
Vox created this presentation and they've done a really good job of explaining where silk comes from. If you have a fear of caterpillars or moths, you might want to sit this one out.