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Silk is an expensive luxury fabric, made from the cocoons of certain caterpillars. Typically, only nobles and wealthy merchants can afford silks.

Silk is used to make clothing, but can also be used in luxury furnishings and furniture, etc.

In Westeros, wealthy lords from Sunspear to Winterfell can obtain silk through long-distance trade. In Essos, magisters and lords from the Free Cities to Slaver's Bay wear silk,[1] and even the Dothraki accept a few silk items as tribute.[2]

Silk-exporting regions that have been mentioned include:

  • Qarth: during one of his voyages to the east, Corlys Velaryon loaded up his ships at Qarth with silks and spices.[3]
  • The Jade Sea: While in Volantis, Quentyn Martell remarks that few merchant ships from Westeros come as far east as the city, and those who do fill up their holds with silks and spices originating from the Jade Sea, then return home.[4]
  • Naath: the island of Naath used to export shimmering silk fabrics, reaching markets in King's Landing and the Free Cities. After the Doom of Valyria, however, increased slaver-raids nearly destroyed Naath's silk industry.[5]

In Essos, an overland route exists called the Silk Road, originating in the mountain passes of the Bone Mountains. The trade flowing west through these passes consists of caravans from Yi Ti.[6]

References

  1. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 3, Daenerys I.
  2. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 54, Daenerys VI.
  3. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys I.
  4. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 6, The Merchant's Man.
  5. The World of Ice & Fire, Beyond the Free Cities: Naath.
  6. The World of Ice & Fire, The Bones and Beyond.