Thursday, 23 June 2011

Luxurious, light transmitting Silk...

Rolls of Habotai Silk
Did you know that the weight, and therefore thickness, of silk fabric is classified by the Chinese system of mommes, pronounced mummy?  The term is normally shortened to 'mm', as shown in the product descriptions on our website.

The metric equivalent of 1 mm is 4.3g per square metre and a small Pongee silk scarf, 28 cm x 28 cm (10" x 10") weighs just under 13g.

We offer a range of undyed 100% silk fabrics, plus a number silk mix fabrics. The lightest silk is Gauze Chiffon 3.5 mm and the heaviest is Noil Poplin 36 mm.

Chiffon scarf dyed with Acid Dyes
The two most popular silk fabrics for silk painting are Pongee and Habotai silk (often referred to as plain silk or China silk).  They are both finely woven and have a high sheen, providing an ideal surface for receiving the paint or dye which is instantly absorbed into the fibres. 

The light and airy chiffon is excellent for building layers in embroidery and can be used as a base in Nuno felt making.

Visit our website to view the range of silk fabrics >

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