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||Historically, SILK has formed the sustainable
basis of the grassroots economy of the People's Republic of
China for over 5,000 years. Silk, the Queen of Textiles, has
fascinated mankind for centuries, spreading its influence globally
along the Old silk Road.
Regionally sericulture was also practiced in Trinidad
until Methane technology took precedence. Sericulture is also practiced
on a very small scale in Guyana while peace silk is reared in the
Dominican Republic by an Origon based cooperative. Barbados joined
200 plus years ago. This tactile textile which has financed wars
and influenced peace, provides a baseline for an international high
standard of living, is regarded as an excellent alternative to agro-sustainability
and provides jobs and quality lifestyle enhancements.
In Barbados, the philanthropist Dr. Joshua Steele
introduced sericulture as an early agrodiversity and exported vegetable
silk to England in the late 1700's. In the interest of identifying
jobs for older rural woman and contributing to poverty alleviation
efforts, women entrepreneurs in Barbados sought to find a vehicle
to inform and enhance the traditional cottage industries of Barbados.