Silk is produced by several insects, like silk worms but generally only the silk of moth caterpillars has been used for textile manufacturing.
It’s surprising to know that Jeddah is an ancient trading city that was also part of the silk road. SILK ROAD is the path of commerce the Chinese used to trade with different countries. The Chinese traveled along this path to sell silk and other Chinese products.
Years ago, I remember a program in CNN reviving or revisiting this silk road. Businessmen were trying to focus on these countries that were along the Silk Road, copying the old strategy used. Here’s an article about How Saudi revived the Silk Route/Road agreement with China in 2016.
Though silk was certainly the major trade item exported from China, many other goods were traded, as well as religions, philosophies, and various technologies.
The position of Jeddah has always made the city a perfect trading port for cargo ships travelling the Red Sea, and the city’s traditional souks reflect a history of maritime trade and exchange. Furthermore, Jeddah is one of the closest ports to Mecca and Medina, the two holiest sites in Islam. -https://en.unesco.org/silkroad/content/jeddah
Along the Silk Roads, many cities flourished across China, Central Asia, Arabia, India, Persia and modern day Turkey. Trade brought wealth and richness that enabled excellence in industrial process including printing, glass and paper making; medicine, philosophy, astronomy and agriculture.
Cities became vibrant centres attracting intellectual polymaths and leaving a huge and fascinating mark on the consciousness of history.
Inside the Jeddah Silk Road Museum
The museum is located 2nd floor of Al Shallal theme park, Jeddah. It’s not easy to see, in fact, I think many people are not even aware of it because it’s at the end part of the second floor where a few people really stay.
Upon entering the museum, you’ll see traditional Chinese chairs and tables along with tea set and pillows covered in silk.
On the walls are photos and artifacts that show the history of the Silk Road.
This below is a place where the process of silk production is shown.
If you want to visit the Silk Road Museum in Jeddah, here’s the map:
Going to the museum is free once you are inside Al Shallal.
Here’s a video of What’s Inside the Silk Road Museum in Jeddah:
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