Our story starts with passion to create...
It happened to me many years ago… In fact, as a child, I remember being love-struck by the richness of the silk sari...
Mirafashions is only 4 years old but if I were to reflect upon the genesis of the idea itself – of a standalone, exclusive space that showcased the Kanjivaram sari tagline #All About Silk for the USA community a manner that it simply elegant – It all happened few years ago, suddenly leaving by 16+ years of IT leadership career and to live for my desire to curate and indulge in Silks & crafts which coincided with a time in my life. I embraced it and literally made it my own, my passion, my business and my identity.
In 2015, I launched Mirafashions, an exclusive line of Kanjivaram & soft silks, in my constant and continued endeavor to march the silk road of India to bring the highest standards in craft, provenance and process of making the Kanjivaram weaves.
Mirafashions housed in Prosper, Texas. With the launch of thesilkplace.com online, we extend the reach of buying silk, well beyond geographical boundaries. Mirafashions also ventures beyond the Kanjivaram silks, we bring rarity and breathtaking beauty of master crafts across saris, blouses, jewelry and accessories:
the best of the best, all curated right here for you.
I welcome you to take part in my eternal quest in celebrating beauty… TREAT YOURSELF!
WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS SAY ABOUT US...
I would recommend it to all!
Even the skype experience of shopping was great. One skype call n you get it all that you need like Saree, blouse, skirt n sometimes even jewellery. I would recommend it to all. I feel the price is reasonable with commendable customer service. I bought a Saree n I simply loved the packing. I received the package in two days. Saree looks awesome! Can't wait to wear it n post pics online. Waiting for the right occasion to wear. Thank you!!!
- Sheena Ariyannari Nair
Elegant making !!
- Priya Hariharan
The Silk Legend and History of Silk
The setting: a royal garden of the Yellow Emperor, circa 2700 B.C.
According to Chinese legend, the history of silk begins about 5,000 years ago in the garden of Emperor Huang-Ti, after he sent his wife Hsi-Ling-Shi to investigate what was eating the leaves on his mulberry trees.
The Empress ventured out, a hot cup of tea in hand, and discovered little white worms spinning shining cocoons. Upon further inspection, she accidentally dropped one of the cocoons into her tea cup, causing it to unravel into a delicate filament. She drew it out, unwinding the long single strand to cover the entire length of the garden.
Hsi-Ling-Shi had discovered silk.
The following day she convinced the Emperor to give her a grove of mulberry trees, where she could cultivate the cocoons. Hsi-Ling-Shi also is credited in Chinese lore with inventing the silk reeling process.
No one knows if this is the true story of silk’s discovery, but history is clear that the Chinese were first to find and manufacture silk fabrics. The Chinese closely guarded how silk was produced for many, many years. In fact, for about 3000 years, only the Chinese knew the origin of the prized fabric, making it a scarcely available and highly treasured commodity on ancient trade routes, referred to as The Silk Road.
The Great Silk Road
Long before planes, trains, and automobiles (around 206 B.C. to be exact) people relayed thousands of miles on foot to get their hands on bolts of valuable, exotic silk fabrics. Silk, though not the only prized good to traverse the mountainous desert regions leading from northern Asia to the Roman Empire, was the most lucrative, as the East kept the secrets of silk rearing.
Ancient European demand for silk was so high, the first intercontinental system of elaborate trade routes was coined “The Silk Road” by a German geographer in 1877. And not only did fabric, fruits, spices, glass, art and gold make the 5000 mile trek, so too did ideas and culture.
With silk as the catalyst, an international market developed and flourished, and the wonder of exploration became a true profession.