Silk represents the height of luxury like almost no other material. It is an exceptionally fine, but also very elastic fibre that is made from the cocoons of the silkworm, the larva of the silk moth. Silk is the only naturally occurring textile that features an endless fibre and is mainly composed of proteins. When silkworms are around four weeks old, they are about as thick as your finger and start to emerge from their cocoons. Before the silk moths emerge, hot water or steam is used to remove the outside layers of the cocoon. What is known as the filament silk is then wound off and spooled. Three to eight cocoons or filaments are spooled or wound together. They stick together as a result of the silk gum to form a grège, or silk fibre. This fibre can be used to make very smooth textiles. In addition to its exclusive look and feel, silk also has several other notable features: it can absorb up to a third of its own weight in moisture without feeling damp. It does not acquire static and is naturally dirt-repellent and mould-resistant. Silk also has a temperature-regulating effect, which insulates against the cold or heat. It does not crease easily. However, it is sensitive to very high temperatures, abrasion and water marks.