A texture that resembles liquid falling through your fingertips.
A sheen that rivals a freshly cut diamond.
These qualities can only be found in the world’s most luxurious fabric.
Chinese history states that the production of silk fabric was such a coveted secret that the reveal of its origins to outsiders would result in death.
Though difficult to work with at times, the results always make it worthwhile.
Here are a few more fun facts about my favorite fabric.
-Silk is a self adjusting fabric suitable for all climates. Lightweight insulation properties keep you warm in the winter, while great absorbency wicks away moisture in the summer.
-One of the strongest natural fibres, silk can be stretched 30-40% before breaking.
-Silk bedding is recommended for those who suffer from dust mite allergies. There is a naturally occurring substance that’s found in the silk cocoon that resists harmful threats. This substance isn’t harmed in the fabric-making process, rendering silk hypoallergenic.
-Silk is sometimes used in biomedical devices and wound dressings because it can eventually dissolve and be absorbed into the body.
-A silk worm diet of 100% mulberry leaves will produce the highest quality silk. It takes 154lbs (70kg) of mulberry leaves to produce one silk dress.
-The annual world production of silk is an average of 70 billion miles of thread — a distance equal to approx. 300 trips to the sun.
Our upcoming line of dresses with emphasis the use of this exquisite fabric. There simply isn’t a better choice for the making of luxury dresses.
However, silk isn’t without its downfalls.
-expensive — garments made with silk can be tens of times more costly than those made of polyester or rayon
-needs special care — often dry clean only
-not practical — stains easily with water, perspiration, and even some soaps
-can yellow with age
-will not look new forever
As with all fabrics, you simply can’t have it all. Though silk does come pretty close.