Silk is a natural protein fibre, some forms of which can be woven into textiles. The best-known type of silk is obtained from cocoons of silkworms. Silk is the strongest of natural fibres. It is breathable, naturally hypoallergenic, absorbs moisture, reduces humidity, is surprisingly cool in the summer, and remarkably warm in the winter. Silk retains its shape, drapes and forms well, and has an unmistakable sheen and feel. The shimmering appearance for which silk is prized comes from the fibres’ triangular prism-like structure, which allows silk cloth to refract incoming light at different angles. Silk is naturally fire-retardant, making it a very safe material for children.

COLOUR STYLES

Colours: We currently have many colours for you to choose from. What makes our plain colours unique is our dyeing process. Items are dyed with a number of slight tonal variations, giving our products depth of colour unseen in conventional dying. Click here to view our Colour range.

Colour Blends: Blends are a combination of two or more colours to give a textured appearance in either medium or large effect. 

Pattern and Specialty: A number of techniques come under this banner: The beautiful linear or symmetrical gradation of colours fading into the next, as well as tie-dyeing with circles and spirals. 

Gradation: A fade from one colour to another. 

 

CUSTOM ORDERS

Custom orders can be arranged. Custom orders can be in the form of special dyeing colour style, special sizes or pieces. Price and the approximate shipping time will be confirmed on enquiry. For further information, please click here.

 

THE DYES

Our dyes are Procion MX Dyes. They are low toxicity dyes. They give vibrant and durable colour to our silks. We use minimal chemicals to get your silk to you as naturally as possible! These dyes are commonly used in many beautiful tie dye tshirts and garments you see. We process them so they’re quite stable. They launder well, have minimal discharge with no overall laundry distress, and are durable and colourfast. As we add some extra steps to finishing our product, we think you’ll be pleased at how durable our dyeing quality is. We steam press each and every silk item, which helps to set the dyes more permanently for a better quality fabric.

 

CARING FOR SILK

Silk will wear with time, but always retains its special movement and feel, always staying valuable. The better you care for it, the better it looks today and every day. It is forgiving and kind.

Hand wash your silks in cold water. A mild detergent is preferred – hair shampoo also works, and dry your silks flat. You may STEAM IRON for any remaining wrinkles or for a fresh pressed look!

 

SILK FABRICS

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 dance wear and slightly heavier veils.

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.

Charmeuse – is what is known in the silk world as REAL SILK SATIN.  A beautiful luxurious fabric that I can use to make skirts and trims.

Velvet – usually a combination of silk 18% and rayon 82%.  It takes dye brilliantly and with interesting natural effects.