Habutai - Habutai, a term originating from Japan, means ‘light as a feather’.  Many people know it as “China Silk”. It is an even-weave silk, available in many weights.  The heavier the weight of the silk, the deeper the colours will be as it means there is more fabric present

5mm Habutai -  ‘ultralight’ for dancers veils.  Slightly sheer.

8mm Habutai - ‘featherweight’, used in children's playtoys, canopies, slightly heavier veils, clothing, and home decor.

Chiffon - an open-weave silk, that allows more light and air through.  Many people are in error believing ‘Chiffon' is not silk, Chiffon is an open-weave silk that is sometimes mistakenly believed to be synthetic.  Most items in our world sold as chiffon are not true silk chiffon, but have come to mean a chiffon-type fabric, meaning the weave.  Chiffon has little body, conforming to every curve. Chiffon will shrink noticeably in a dryer. Chiffon takes bright colours with brilliant tones, and has interesting subtleties to soft blends. 

Our silk chiffon is usually stocked in a 6mm weight, sometimes in 8mm depending on availability. Inquire if the weight is important to your purpose. Chiffon offers great visibility in dancing for making dramatic entrances, and 'unveiling'. Though Chiffon is light and floaty, the open nature of the weave does not impart the same loft as our ultra-lightweight 5mm habutai silks. Chiffon is also an excellent choice for decor. Order custom yardage of chiffon in our Fabrics section.

Gauze - very lightweight ‘affordable chiffon’.  If you have projects or events needing to use LOTS of yardage, silk gauze might be just what you need!

Crepe de chine - sometimes referred to as ‘The Cadillac of Silks’. It has a smooth crepe finish, with incredible drape and lustre. Crepe makes lovely clothing garments. It dyes beautifully, especially in our House Blends.

Charmeuse - is what is known in the silk world as REAL SILK SATIN. It comes in varying weights, but we carry it mostly in a heavy 19mm weight that is quite durable and luxurious. We stock charmeuse pillowcases, and also chemises in this fabric – these make well-received special occasion gifts! Just find their favourite colours!  We’ll do the rest…   We also frequently use it as trim on the many dance and costume items we produce in-house.  

Velvet - usually a combination of silk 18% and rayon 82%.  It takes dye brilliantly and with interesting natural effects. We have seen pure silk velvet only once many years ago from Pakistan. The Silk velvets are quite durable and washer friendly as well.

Shantung - an even-weave heavier woven fabric suitable for drapery, décor, and garments. It is often used in wedding dresses because it has such beautiful drape. It is heavy-bodied, which means it holds its shape nicely.

Dupioni - often what people also may think of with silk. It is a lustrous, woven silk that is often used for draperies.  It has an uneven nubbiness, which is a by-product of it being woven on heavier wooden looms.