A brief update: my mother has been researching our ancestry, and tells me that my great-grandmother’s sister Louisa married into a French Huguenot family of silk weavers, who had left France in the 1700s. They (and successive generations) worked as silk weavers in the Bethnal Green area of London until the silk weaving industry suffered a decline in the 19th century.
Maybe this fascination with silk is genetic. Maybe these silk fabrics really have come home to me.
Interesting indeed. Thanks, Mum x