Silk Dragon Hatchling by nezumi
Silk Dragons seem poorly named when you look at the adult of the species. But its the first few weeks of life that gave it to them. Hatchling Silk Dragons have long, fine hair growing on their spines thats similar to the velvet on a deers antlers. This hair falls out around the same time that the infant sheds its egg tooth.
Silk woven from this hair is among the most beautiful fabrics that can be made. The demand for it has led to black market harvesting of infant dragons. The hair must be carefully removed to preserve its length, which is very difficult to do in a dragons nest hundreds of feet above the ground when theres a very protective mother dragon somewhere nearby. Most harvesters simply pull out the infants spines and remove the hairs when they are back at camp. The loss of spines is a major disfigurement that will make breeding season dangerous later in life. Also, many dragons die when a careless pull breaks a fragile backbone.