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The establishment and impact of the Silk and Spice tradeThe establishment of silk garments in Asia first came about when the silkworm Bombyx mori moth residing in the family Bombycidae was first discovered for its thread by a great dynasty of Chinathe Han Dynasty 206 BC AD 220 The silk has a continuous-filament fiber consisting of fibroin protein secreted from two salivary glands in the head of each larvae and a gum called sericin which cements the two filaments together Silk weaving began around 2700 BC when the great prince Hoang-ti directed his wife Si-ling-chi to examine the silkworm and test the practicability of using the thread 4 From there Si-ling-chi developed the technique of raising silkworms reeling of the silk and the ability to produce a lavish of fancy garments and using color patterns in the latter Is-lingo-chi was recognized for her work and honored with the name Seine-Than or The Goddess of Silk Worms 4Soon after the cultivation of silk this precious product became distributed all throughout China even reaching its unmilitarized borders In doing so many caravans had been attacked by small Central Asian Tribes in hopes of obtaining their precious cargo they traded Therefore between 135 and 90 BC the Han dynasty expanded its military alliance deeper into Central Asia and expanded the construction of the Great Wall to secure the road from the Xiongnu A Chinese trader by the name of Chan Chien was the first to communicate with the Central Asian Tribe and setup peace treaty for all caravans thus the branching of the Silk Road began However before setting foot on the journey through the Silk Road many unprecedented territorial hardships laid in front of the merchants and their caravans Much of the land separating Eastern China from Western China and Europe was a treacherous desert The Taklimakan desert or otherwise unknown as the Land of Death was an extreme climatic region for the merchants Much like
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