The tradition of silk production is an ancient art in East Asia. The craft of weaving took hold as a means of making fabrics of beauty and function using silk as a particularly exquisite yarn. Commerce in finest ornamental materials extended far beyond the region and lent the extensive East to West trade route the name Silk Road. The exclusivity of particularly creative and unique patterns adds to the value of historical fabrics - a reminder that particularly fine specimens served as symbols of wealth, rank and distinction, with motifs telling stories of profound cultural significance. The tradition continues and to this day the creation of these unique fabrics requires months if not years of work, adding to their uniqueness and collectability.