Caesar - yes Italian silk is quite pretty. The silk I use is normally hand woven so put it in a washing machine could be a suicide!!!
I remember the story of how an Italian priest took the silk worms to Italy and I thought it was a good effort.
China tool a lot of information (opps...might be in troble here) from many places and make the world small so sharing information should continue the knowledge, me th inks!
Let us all keep rivers clean!