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Silk Fabrics

Silk is a natural, protein fibre, some forms of which can be woven into textiles. Silks can be produced by a number of insects but generally, only the silk of caterpillars is used in the manufacture of textiles. Silk Fabric was first developed in China as early as 3500BC. China was able to maintain a monopoly over Silk until the opening of the Silk Road (an historical network of interlinking trade routes, extending 4000 miles) when Silk cultivation spread to Japan.  

Silk Fabric has been prevalent in the world of fashion and dressmaking for centuries and is used all over the planet in the production of everything from Indian saris to couture gowns. The introduction of Silk into Europe began around 4BC when the Romans would exchange it for gold, ivory and horses. However, it was following the Industrial Revolution when the Silk trade gained momentum and this most luxurious of fabrics became more readily available to all, regardless of their wealth or social class.   This smooth, elegant material is unmistakeable in its appearance and is still considered to be the epitome of style and luxury.

The low conductivity of Silk Fabric keeps the wearer warm in winter and cool in summer making this the ideal fabric for all dressmaking projects and is normally reserved for special occasions. Elegant, luxurious and a pleasure to wear against the skin, our Silk Fabrics are ideal for the production of evening gowns, bridal attire, accessories and lingerie. Our range of Silk Fabrics includes plain and patterned Silk such as the luxurious habotai silk, a soft, glossy medium weight Silk ideal for making scarves, cushions, silk paintings and for lining purposes. Our beautiful Silk viscose fabric has a luxurious drape and beautiful feel, available in a range of colours and patterns this is perfect for a range of dressmaking and home decor projects.

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