Our initiative cleary describe the historic interweavings between our city of Lyon and the international market of the silk. The story of the silk begins dates back to the Chinese tradition in XVIIth century BC and continues with three millenniums of exclusivity in the course of which China traded this precious tissue without passing on the secret. The art to make silk was then gradually passed on to other civilizations owing to spies, (monks, princesses) looters and traders. In Europe, silk was for a long time a monopoly of the Roman Empire in the East. Arrived in Western Europe at the end of the Middle Ages, the silk production reached the stage of the industrialization from XIXth century but experienced a grave decline connected to the competition of modern fibers (like the nylon), to the evolution of the clothing customs in Europe, to the development of certain Asian countries and to the epidemics which touch it in France in this period.
[...] A simple hill at the end of the XVIIIth century, the district of the Red Cross in Lyon recovered within forty years, to be transformed into a set of factory buildings. This architecture characterized by high windows is still a remarkable group today. In the same way, we can discover soft furnishing manufacturers in the Saint- Etienne districts, the singular architecture of which is perfectly legible. In 1877 there were more than 100000 looms, among which 40000 were only in the district of the Red Cross. [...]
[...] One kilogram of raw silk is obtained with eight to ten kilograms of cocoons. (Craft and industrial Tailing in China) Stage the moulinage The operation of moulinage consists in assembling the threads by giving them a specific twisting. As we assemble one or several threads, individually and\or together, we obtain different threads of different textures, which will allow the manufacturing of all kinds of tissues. Then the time of the décreusage comes. We boil the fiber in some soapy water to eliminate the stoneware. [...]
[...] At the beginning of the XXth century, the silk trade of Lyons saw a new golden age which would be broken by the crisis of the 1930s. The silk activity of the region of Lyon based itself on a reproduction of production units and thus owners. This scattered factory organized since Colbert recommended a strict separation between the manufacturers, and the silk manufacturers or rubaniers also called traders or traders manufacturers, who bought the silk and sold it and to the weavers more known under the name of silk workers in Lyon, and soft furnishing manufacturers in Saint- Etienne. [...]
[...] What are your direct and indirect competitors? ▪ What substitute products threaten you? ▪ What are your projects, your perspectives for 2009, and 2010 and on the horizon in 2015? ▪ Do you work in projects? Where do your ideas go? ▪ What are your strategy and your Business plan? ▪ Do you have a strategy of international deployment? ▪ Are you ready for globalized development? ▪ Do you know how to integrate such an environment? c. [...]
[...] And with other companies stemming from the other sectors, as that of the paper or the plastic films, Sport Silk uses a part of its efforts of innovation to accelerate its economic development. Sport Silk: which product? What guarantee? Recently integrated into the Hermès group, the Sport silk company is specialized in silk squares, particularly in silk ties and has to lean on its expertise in terms of costs, and brand image. The new class of Indian billionaires attracts greed. [...]
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