Who is mini fairy ?

I am a silk painter and textile designer for over 20 years. I specialize in the creation of veils and silk hand-painted accessories for oriental dance and wearable art.

My studio is located in Mont-Tremblant, in the Laurentians, and I will welcome you by appointment.

My creations are made on various best quality silk weavings and painted with professional dyes hight quality for silk. Washable, durable, these dyes do not fade and are of unequaled brightness.

Much of my unique creations are made custom. I can thus respond in a very customized to the needs of a diverse clientele. I invite you to visit my collections "Ready to Dance" and "Custom", under the "Oriental Dance" tab; Perhaps you will find the veil of your dreams, who knows?

Under the "Ready-to-wear" tab, declining kimonos, silk scarves, ties and more, I offer you the perfect gift for the silky person you are or one who enchants your life.

To learn more, I invite you to read my artistic approach.

Silky yours,

Guylaine Brière

Artistic approach


Silky history

Several kinds of wild silk, which are produced by caterpillars other than the mulberry silkworm, have been known and used in ChinaSouth Asia, and Europe since ancient times. However, the scale of production was always far smaller than for cultivated silks. There are several reasons for this: first, they differ from the domesticated varieties in colour and texture and are therefore less uniform; second, cocoons gathered in the wild have usually had the pupa emerge from them before being discovered so the silk thread that makes up the cocoon has been torn into shorter lengths; and third, many wild cocoons are covered in a mineral layer that stymies attempts to reel from them long strands of silk.[5] Thus, previously,[clarification needed] the only way to obtain silk suitable for spinning into textiles in areas where commercial silks are not cultivated was by tedious and labor-intensive carding.

Commercial silks originate from reared silkworm pupae, which are bred to produce a white-colored silk thread with no mineral on the surface. The pupae are killed by either dipping them in boiling water before the adult moths emerge or by piercing them with a needle. These factors all contribute to the ability of the whole cocoon to be unravelled as one continuous thread, permitting a much stronger cloth to be woven from the silk. Wild silks also tend to be more difficult to dye than silk from the cultivated silkworm.[6][7] A technique known as demineralizing allows the mineral layer around the cocoon of wild silk moths to be removed,[8] leaving only variability in color as a barrier to creating a commercial silk industry based on wild silks in the parts of the world where wild silk moths thrive, such as in Africa and South America.

Genetic modification of domesticated silkworms is used to facilitate the production of more useful types of silk.[9]



A painting depicting women inspecting silk, early 12th century, ink and color on silk, by Emperor Huizong of Song.


Portrait of a silk merchant in Guangzhou, Qing dynasty, from Peabody Essex Museum

Silk fabric was first developed in ancient China.[10][11] The earliest example of silk fabric is from 3630 BC, and it was used as wrapping for the body of a child from a Yangshao site in Qingtaicun at Xingyang, Henan.[10][12]

Legend gives credit for developing silk to a Chinese empress, Leizu (Hsi-Ling-Shih, Lei-Tzu). Silks were originally reserved for the Emperors of China for their own use and gifts to others, but spread gradually through Chinese culture and trade both geographically and socially, and then to many regions of Asia. Because of its texture and lustre, silk rapidly became a popular luxury fabric in the many areas accessible to Chinese merchants. Silk was in great demand, and became a staple of pre-industrial international trade. In July 2007, archaeologists discovered intricately woven and dyed silk textiles in a tomb in Jiangxi province, dated to the Eastern Zhou Dynasty roughly 2,500 years ago.[13] Although historians have suspected a long history of a formative textile industry in ancient China, this find of silk textiles employing "complicated techniques" of weaving and dyeing provides direct evidence for silks dating before the Mawangdui-discovery and other silks dating to the Han Dynasty (202 BC-220 AD).[13]

Silk is described in a chapter on mulberry planting by Si Shengzhi of the Western Han (206 BC – 9 AD). There is a surviving calendar for silk production in an Eastern Han (25–220 AD) document. The two other known works on silk from the Han period are lost.[10] The first evidence of the long distance silk trade is the finding of silk in the hair of an Egyptian mummy of the 21st dynasty, c.1070 BC.[14] The silk trade reached as far as the Indian subcontinent, the Middle EastEurope, and North Africa. This trade was so extensive that the major set of trade routes between Europe and Asia came to be known as the Silk Road.

The Emperors of China strove to keep knowledge of sericulture secret to maintain the Chinese monopoly. Nonetheless sericulture reached Korea with technological aid from China around 200 BC, the ancient Kingdom of Khotan by AD 50,[15] and India by AD 140.[16]

In the ancient era, silk from China was the most lucrative and sought-after luxury item traded across the Eurasian continent,[17] and many civilizations, such as the ancient Persians, benefited economically from trade.[17]


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Professional links

Association de la danse orientale au Québec

The AQDO (Association québécoise de la danse orientale) is dedicated to raising the standards of oriental dance and to standardize teaching throughout Quebec in order to have this dance discipline recognized. [Pullquote align = “right”] AQDO [/ Pullquote]


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