© DuPont [dim_it:pic_desc]No-one found their predecessors, stockings made from wool and cotton, particularly tantalising, on the other hand. Silk stockings were more provocative, but their high price meant that they could not become a mass product, while they also lost their shape quickly and tended to ladder, i.e. they had to be replaced by a new pair very soon. Although erotic charm was all well and good, women in the late 19th century were more interested in textile fibres that were both hard-wearing and affordable – mainly for practical reasons. The chemical industry realised this: the idea of artificial silk was born.[/dim_it:pic_desc]