The Pyongyang Silk Shop in Mansudae Street of Pyongyang, the capital city of the DPRK, specializes in various kinds of silk products.
On sale there are national costumes, quilts, pillows and ornaments made with diverse silk fabrics like yaksan silk (a kind of figured satin), kuryong silk and rainbow-colored silk.
Silk, widely-known to the world for its lightness, durableness, beautiful pattern and softness, is the traditional textile of Korea.
Korea began to produce silk, along with hemp and ramie fabrics, in the late primitive ages and the ancient times. This fact is proven by earthenware depicting silkworm from the relics dating back to the Neolithic and Bronze ages, discovered in Jitap-ri, Pongsan County, North Hwanghae Province.
Its silk-weaving technique was spread even to Japan in the period of the Three Kingdoms. According to a Japanese history book, Korean technicians had been active in Japan from the 4th-5th centuries to the 7th century to teach how to produce silk.
The silk-producing technique further developed in the period of Koryo Kingdom (918-1392). And silk products were exported not only to neighboring countries but also to the Middle East, getting widely known as “Koryo Silk”.
There appeared a large number of areas cultivating mulberry and silk production bases during the Feudal Joson Dynasty (1392-1910).
Today, the Nyongbyon and Pakchon silk mills in North Phyongan Province are noted for silk production bases in the country.