History & Culture: Ancient World, Photos, Maps, More (National Geographic)
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Start Producing: The Ancient Chinese

 
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The art of producing silk was developed and refined by the Chinese more than 5,000 years ago. The strong, lightweight, and lustrous fabric was the lifeblood of the Silk Road trade route that connected China to the West, changing the fortunes of empires and societies on both ends and along the way.
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