Heritage Silk

Founder Ning Yuan launched Ning Dynasty in 2021 to encapsulate palace-quality Mulberry silk narrated into the richest and the most timeless imperial motifs to then be reimagined into modern streetwear.

According to Chinese legend around the 27th century BC, Empress His Ling Shi was sipping tea under a mulberry tree, a cocoon fell into her cup and began to unravel. The empress became enamoured with the shimmering threads she discovered their source, the Bombyx mori silkworm found in the white mulberry. The empress soon developed sericulture, the cultivation of silkworms, and invented the reel and loom. This is the earliest surviving reference to silk history and for nearly 3 millennia, the Chinese retained the global monopoly on silk production.

Nobles and kings of foreign lands desired silk and would pay high prices for the cloth. The emperors of China wanted to keep the process for making silk a secret. Anyone caught telling the secret or taking silkworms out of China was put to death. The Chinese managed to keep silk a secret for over 1000 years. Silk gradually spread through the Chinese culture both geographically and socially. From there silken garments began to reach regions throughout Asia and the world.

Today, Mulberry silk is the highest quality silk available for purchase. Because the silkworms of the Bombyx mori moth are fed only Mulberry leaves, the resulting silk is some of the finest available in the world. Pure white in colour and made up of individual long fibres, Mulberry silk is more refined than other types of silk.

According to Chinese legend around the 27th century BC, Empress His Ling Shi was sipping tea under a mulberry tree, a cocoon fell into her cup and began to unravel. The empress became enamoured with the shimmering threads she discovered their source, the Bombyx mori silkworm found in the white mulberry. The empress soon developed sericulture, the cultivation of silkworms, and invented the reel and loom. This is the earliest surviving reference to silk history and for nearly 3 millennia, the Chinese retained the global monopoly on silk production.

Nobles and kings of foreign lands desired silk and would pay high prices for the cloth. The emperors of China wanted to keep the process for making silk a secret. Anyone caught telling the secret or taking silkworms out of China was put to death. The Chinese managed to keep silk a secret for over 1000 years. Silk gradually spread through the Chinese culture both geographically and socially. From there silken garments began to reach regions throughout Asia and the world.

Today, Mulberry silk is the highest quality silk available for purchase. Because the silkworms of the Bombyx mori moth are fed only Mulberry leaves, the resulting silk is some of the finest available in the world. Pure white in colour and made up of individual long fibres, Mulberry silk is more refined than other types of silk.

Ning launched her debut collection with five silk shirts and two silk shorts. Expertly made by skilled craftspeople in Beijing, the silk shirts are made of 100% pure mulberry silk twill printed with a digital print inspired by traditional imperial art. Cut for a regular fit, it features a camp collar design and button-up fastening. The Mulberry silk will always be at the heart of Ning Dynasty’s core offering and will continue to evolve in style over the future collections.

Ning launched her debut collection with five silk shirts and two silk shorts. Expertly made by skilled craftspeople in Beijing, the silk shirts are made of 100% pure mulberry silk twill printed with a digital print inspired by traditional imperial art. Cut for a regular fit, it features a camp collar design and button-up fastening. The Mulberry silk will always be at the heart of Ning Dynasty’s core offering and will continue to evolve in style over the future collections.