Silk ~ Endless Luxury

Silk fabric is widely regarded as the most luxurious textile on the planet. Its tumultuous history, rife with wars, secrecy, and centuries of trade, bears little resemblance to the fabric's current reputation for being the epitome of high fashion. The most abundant form of silk, a natural protein fibre, is cultivated from the cocoon of mulberry silkworm larvae. Silkworms lay eggs on special paper and eat only fresh mulberry leaves.

Thirty-five days after hatching, the silkworms begin spinning their cocoons. Each cocoon yields 1,000 yards of raw silk thread, which is then spun to produce a “yarn” of silk. The process is time-consuming and delicate, which explains the high cost of silk. The fibre gets its brilliant shimmer from its structure, a triangular prism that reflects light at varying angles. Another variant of silk, “wild silk”, is produced by caterpillars other than the mulberry silkworm, and can be harvested in captivity much like traditional silk.

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The colour and texture of wild silk tends to differ from the cultivated variety, and the fibres are typically shorter, due to damage by the emerging moth. To preserve the long, silken strands of fibre in cultivated cocoons, the larvae inside is typically pierced with a needle, and the cocoon is unravelled without damage.

Today, silk fabrics are prevalent in every country: from Indian saris to various fabrics suitable for fashion and furnishing, it has pervaded all cultures. Its low conductivity keeps one warm in the winter, while its great absorbency wicks moisture away during summer. The feel of silk fabric is unmistakable: smooth and luxurious, the fabric ripples like the surface of water. This quality makes it especially suitable for sexy lingerie and elegant dresses. It is a fabric reserved for special occasions, a cloth meant to enhance a moment. Check out our bountiful collection of silk fabrics as well as our Silk Colour Match Collection.