As for the origin of Chinese silk, there are many myths and legends about the silk. Chinese silk has a long history, at least in the Neolithic Age 5000 years ago, silk dawn appeared in the Yangtze River Basin and the Yellow River Basin.
Introduction of Etles Silk:
Etles silk, with a history of more than 1,000 years, is regarded as the witness of the cultural mixture between China and the neighboring countries. It demonstrates a perfect combination of Chinese silk production technique and patterning of surrounding Central Asian countries.
Categories of Etles Silk:
According to its origin, the Etles Silk is divided into two categories at present. Kashgar and Shache's Etles silk is famous for its brilliant colour. It is commonly used in emerald green, sapphire blue, yellow, pink and golden yellow, and its exquisite and rigorous design. Khotan and Luopu pay attention to the black and white effect and the change of reality and emptiness. The pattern of the silk is rough and bold, and the colour is concise and bright.
The production of Eltes silk:
The production of the Eltes silk is now regaining its momentum as the local government invests more resources into the sector to revive this once vanishing craft. Around 6,000 families in the town of Jiya in Hotan are now capable of producing the silk. There are also 53 local silk-producing companies, cooperatives and associations.
A craftsman works in an Etles silk mill in Hotan, Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, Aug 8, 2017. [Photo/Xinhua]