There’s something about fiber that stimulates and pleases all the senses. Small wonder that when silk was first produced in China thousands of years ago it created quite a sensation. Uniquely beautiful, surprisingly strong, and comfortable to wear in extremes of heat and cold, the fabric’s origin was a closely guarded secret for many centuries. Eventually it became China’s most important export and lent its name to the most famous of its ancient trade routes. A new exhibit offers a glimpse into silk’s colorful history and the impact it had upon the world, as we know it now.