Our name Tuta Silk was not chosen by chance. It was created on the basis of the silkworm, which lives on mulberry trees and feeds on their leaves.
The name “Tuta” is of Georgian origin, which means mulberry. Silk legends can be found in Chinese mythology where the silkworm and thread were magical. One legend says that Huangdi’s (Yellow Emperor’s) wife Leizu was sitting under a mulberry tree drinking tea when a silk cocoon fell from the tree into her cup. When she pulled out the cocoon, it turned into a silk thread, and only the cocoon remained in the cup. The word silk (or abreshumi in Georgian) is of Persian origin. It was first brought to Georgia by King Vakhtang Gorgasali. He learned about silk in India while fighting in the army of Peroz I (the Sasanian king of kings or Shahanshah). The art of working with silkworms and silk fibers has been known to Georgians since the 5th century AD.