IELTS READING – THE STORY OF SILK S1AT1

IELTS READING TEST SET 3 AC: THE STORY OF SILK. The history of the world’s most luxurious fabric, from ancient Chinato the present day. Attempt full test

IELTS READING

THE STORY OF SILK

The history of the world’s most luxurious fabric, from ancient China
to the present day

Silk is a fine, smooth material produced from the cocoons – soft protective shells – that are made by mulberry silkworms (insect larvae). Legend has it that it was Lei Tzu, wife of the Yellow Emperor, ruler of China in about 3000 BC, who discovered silkworms. One account of the story goes that as she was taking a walk in her husband’s gardens, she discovered that silkworms were responsible for the destruction of several mulberry trees. She collected a number of cocoons and sat down to have a rest. It just so happened that while she was sipping some tea,

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