The tradition of painting on silk originated in China around the 4th century BC. Calligraphy and images of nature came together on fabric. Paper had yet to be invented.
After that painting on silk became best known for the richly decorated Japanese kimonos. Different techniques were applied to the silk fabric, such as Shibori and batik.
In the 80s there was a lot of painting on silk in the Netherlands. A tradition that then came over from France. This is also the period in which I learned to paint on silk from my mother.
Silk has wonderful properties. It is very strong, silky soft, shiny and has a luxurious look. As a fabric for clothing, it also has isothermal properties.