I saw a documentary on hand weaving with looms with sparked my interest in reading up on it. I've been reading a lot about silks and wondered if anyone could clarify things. Most of the material I've read concerns silk production, weaving etc. but most of it is not geared towards the use of silk for fashion apparel.
So, obviously there seems to be a preference to Italian/English/French silk in the (luxury) clothing and apparel industry. However, reading about textiles in other industries, many seem to consider Indian and Thai silk exemplary. Given that almost all raw silk comes from India or China (I believe), I assume it is the weaving process which results in differences in quality. So is it true that, for example, silks from Como will be substantially better than a silk woven in India or Thailand?
Is it simply because much of the Italian industry is geared towards producing for the fashion industry, thus they ensure the mm etc. is appropriate for clothing? Or is it a stigma attached to production in developing countries and the belief that quality will not be superior? I guess, in essence, I'm asking what (apparently) makes silks woven in Italy or England so much better, given that I have read Como itself produces weaving machinery that is exported overseas. Also, considering that much of the process is run by software, I assumed consistency across the board would have been reached.
TL,DR notes: Why is silk from Italy, England etc. so much better? Or is it simply a stigma attached to silks from developing countries that has induced this assumption.