Category Archives: Mythology and Stories

Mythology and short stories about weavers, and handspinners.

Goddes of Silk: blhsilingsu

Origin of Silk
“Chinese legend gives the title Goddess of Silk to Lady Hsi-Ling-Shih, wife of the mythical Yellow Emperor, who was said to have ruled China in about 3000 BC. She is credited with the introduction of silkworm rearing and the invention of the loom”

The emperor Huang-Ti ordered his wife Hsi-Ling-Shi to investigate what was eating the leaves on his mulberry trees. She found white worms that spin shiny cocoons. According to the story, she accidentally dropped one of these cocoons into her hot tea and a delicate filament separated itself. She drew it out, unwinding a long single strand. Hsi-Ling-Shi had discovered silk. read more

Weaving Mythology

Fairy Tales
In fairy tales, spinners and weavers often display qualities of power, wisdom and magic.

Kalevala
The Finnish epic poem, the Kalevala, has many references to the weaving and spinning goddesses. Here are some passages from this famous folklore.

Spinning and Weaving Goddesses
The arts of spinning and weaving have magical properties to the uninitiated. Spinners and weavers have been revered throughout the ages, in many cultures. read more