It came with the years and their gifts of wisdom, patience and altruistic care the unquestionable grasp of a new truth – we knowingly choose the sheer simplicity and innate value of LIFE in all its expressions.
We give up the punishing esthetic to rejoice in comfort and softness. We refuse to be the victims of a trend and find timeless beauty in a classic, whatever that may be. We no longer stand the chaos of colors, shapes and fabrics and choose to be minimalistic and natural. We value the truly valuable and find satisfaction and self-appreciation in choosing it. We look beyond the selfish now and live so as to make room for the future.
It took realizing that plus the unparalleled self-celebration when wearing the always standing-out, much cared for and long-lasting silk dress in the wardrobe to figure out our story to tell. A manifesto for a finer, more responsible living where luxury meets the essential aspiring to a 100% natural fabrics wardrobe. And that is the very definition of silk.
In technical terms, there’s important data available to why silk is one of the most valuable fabrics. Because of its natural protein structure, silk is the most hypoallergenic of all fabrics. An all-climate fabric, silk is warm and cozy in winter and comfortably cool when temperatures rise. Its natural temperature-regulating properties give silk this paradoxical ability to cool and warm simultaneously. Silk garments thus outperform other fabrics in both summer and winter. Silk worn as a second layer warms without being bulky.
Silk is highly absorbent and dries quickly. It can absorb up to 30% of its weight in moisture without feeling damp. Silk will absorb perspiration while letting your skin breathe.
In spite of its delicate appearance, silk is relatively robust and its smooth surface resists soil and odors well.
While silk abrasion resistance is moderate, it is the strongest natural fiber and, surprisingly, it easily competes with steel yarn in tensile strength.
Silk takes color well, washes easily, and is easy to work with in spinning, weaving, knitting, and sewing.
Silk mixes well with other animal and vegetable fibers.
Types of silk
Charmeuse – the silk we have in mind when we think of ‘traditional’ silk, the front of the fabric is in a shimmery satin weave, the back of the fabric is a flattened crêpe.
Chiffon – a light, matt fabric made from fine twisted yarns, spaced out to make the fabric transparent. Dimension is added to garments by the creation of billows of fabric. Unless it is used for scarves, garments with chiffon normally require lining or backing.
Crepe de Chine – a lightweight fabric made by fibres, where part of them are twisted clockwise and others in a counter-clockwise direction. These fibres are then woven in a plain-weave fabric. The twisted fibres give crêpe its distinctive ‘pebbly’ look and feel. Comes in many different varieties – Crêpe de Chine, Moroccan crêpe and crêpe georgette.
Dupioni silk – produced from two silkworms that spin a cocoon together. This makes a strong double-thread silk, usually resulting in a rough yarn and irregularity in sheerness or weight. Feels coarse.Black specks which occasionally appear in the fabric are part of the original cocoon of the silk worm. Removing them would both weaken the fabric and destroy part of its beauty and character. They are inherent to dupion silk fabric and should not be considered as defects in weaving.
Fuji silk – Medium-weight fabric, woven from spun silk fibres. Has a soft lustre and a lavish feel, reminiscent of high quality suede. Has a fluid drape.
Habotai silk – Also known as China silk, Habutai, Pongee. The “classic” silk fabric. Was first used to line kimonos. Plain-weave fabric. Its weight can range from 5 mm to the more heavy 12 mm. Most scarves are made of 8mm Habotai.
Noil silk – Known as ‘raw silk’. Made from the short fibres left after combing and carding, so it doesn’t shine like many other silk fabrics. Very versatile fabric. Has a matte surface and rough finish – has a ‘nubby’ feel. Doesn’t show pin holes. Off-white in colour. It is easily distinguished from other types of silk for the subtle flecks on it, which are natural particles of the cocoon.
Tussah silk – Also known as ‘shantung’. A type of wild silk, that is produced by silkworms that feed on oak and juniper leaves. As the worm is not grown in a controlled environment, the moth hatches from the cocoon and interrupts the filament length, resulting in short and coarse fibres, instead of long and lustrous ones. Usually comes from India or China. The India silk generally has more lustre to it. Feels coarse and is delicate and stiff. Difficult to dye and most often available in its natural colour, a creamy tan.