Leizu also known as Xi Lingshi was a legendary Chinese empress and wife of the Yellow Emperor. According to tradition, she discovered sericulture, and invented the silk loom, in the 27th century BC.
She is attributed with inventing the silk reel, which joins fine filaments into a thread strong enough for weaving. She is also credited with inventing the first silk loom. It is not known how much, if any, of this story is true, but historians do know that China was the first civilization to use silk. Leizu shared her discoveries with others, and the knowledge became widespread in China.
She is a popular object of worship in modern China, with the title of 'Silkworm Mother'. Leizu had a son named Changyi with the Yellow Emperor, and he was the father of Emperor Zhuanxu.
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