How silk affected China in the past and today?

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The so-called "Silk Route" was an overland trade route that connected ancient China with the western civilizations centered along the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. This was a journey of considerable distance and difficulty given the terrain that was traversed, but traders began transporting silk and other goods along it in both directions sometime before 200 BCE. This indicates that ancient China was not completely isolated from the rest of the world and that business relations had been developed with other countries.

Today, China is by far the largest producer of silk in the world. Silk is used for a variety of products, including surgical sutures and bicycle tires as well as using the fabric in numerous ways.

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