The silk skein is an example how tailoring supplies have changed over the years. A knot of silk like this one is enough to sew the finishing stitches on a handcrafted coat. The knot is untied to a loop which is then cut to create individual strands of silk, each when Coates with bees wax forms a sewing thread of ideal length and strength.
Today silk skeins come in cardboard covers and are pre-waxed. The loop is cut once the cover is removed and the thread is fished out of a hole in the box.
Not as romantic as the traditional version.