China is a “Kingdom of Silk” of world renown. Jiangsu,
Guangdong, Hunan and Sichuan provinces abound in natural silk and products
made of it. The most distinguished silk products, however, are found in
Hangzhou, where they come in a dozen varieties including pongee, brocade,
damask, faille, and satin. All of them are pleasantly colored and soft and
smooth to the touch.