“No one will ever see it, it’s terribly expensive and nobody will ever know it’s silk. I’ll be aware of it, and I’ll walk differently.” – Greta Garbo
These are the words by which the actress, the “divine”, perfectly expresses the feeling given by that fabric, as just wearing it means feeling different. Any silk detail and accessory has its own charm, refined and elegant. A mysterious attraction that can only be explained through the pleasurable sensations that spring from its sight and touch. It is evident that the excellence of any object strictly depends on that of the material in which it is made. When folding a handkerchief into the pocket of your jacket or slipping a silk scarf around your neck you can feel in your hands the softness and sensuality of that fabric, precious just as if you were dressing up with a piece of jewelry.
Legend has it that silk working was born in China in 3000 B.C.; Lei-Tsu was the young wife of the Yellow Emperor, and, while she was having a cup of tea in the garden, a silkworm cocoon fell into her tea. Lei-Tsu, annoyed, grabbed the cocoon to remove it from her tea but, because of the heat of the drink, it started to slip off. And, meter by meter, it covered the entire garden. At that point, Lei-Tsu looked at it deeper, and by noticing its brightness and resistance, she understood that the mysterious thread lent itself to being woven.
The empress discovered the famous fiber and how to transform it into that extremely precious fabric we know today. From then on, in fact, thanks to its qualities of lightness and beauty, silk became such a coveted material that from it, it also took its name the main trade route that united the East to the West at the time of the Roman Empire, the Silk Road, where, for 8000 km, caravans full of colors, perfumes, materials, but also art, inspirations and ideas, traveled.
In Italy the silk art flourished in Sicily after having being imported by the Arabs. From the island, the tradition of silk working then spread throughout the whole peninsula, and, today, it is the city of Como which turns out to be the most important textile district for silkworm breeding and fiber weaving, so that Made in Italy silk is appreciated all over the world and even the international press, especially the American one, speaks of it as the best in the world, saying “Rich materials enhance style”, thus underlining how much this material is, as mentioned previously, fundamental for the success of a product.
OREQUO has chosen silk not only because, as is well known, it is a luxurious fabric, but also because it has three fundamental characteristics that also constitute three main distinctive elements of the brand accessories. Silk is light, color and nature and, such as it does, OREQUO‘s pocket squares and foulards enlighten, color and enhance. Thanks to the particular interweaving of its threads, the fabric is able to reflect light in an inimitable way, shining and shimmering on any dress; it also has a greater capacity than the other fabrics to absorb dyes by returning the image printed on it in full and bright colors. Lastly, silk is a proteinaceous fiber of animal origin and it has extraordinary natural properties, given by the fact that the amino acids composing it are completely hypoallergenic.
Over time, several weaving methods have been discovered and, thanks to them, through a loom ,the threads are woven into different ways and this is why the weaves can take on different aspects. Specifically, for the OREQUO products, twill is used, a particular weaving in which the warp threads follow a diagonal pattern that identifies a precise armor called saia which combines refinement and elegance with resistance and elasticity. The peculiarity of twill is found in its reflections: the transverse structure in fact gives it a changing aspect that enhances the brilliance of colors, necessary to bring out the associations of bright and original colors, distinctive sign of all the OREQUO designs.
To conclude, the famous writer Alessandro Baricco, has titled his novel “Silk” to fully describe the delicacy and mystery that fascinates in its plot and in his characters. Equally, according to OREQUO, silk is more than simply a material, it is a light and impalpable concept, able to bring out any object and in the same way, leaving a sign of the personality of the wearer. Silk it’s a style.