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Types of Silk Fabric: Part 1

Friday, 3 April 2015  |  Admin

Silk Fabric Guide Part 1

Due to its soft, luxurious and durable texture, silk is an incredibly popular fabric for both tailoring and upholstering. There are a plethora of different types of silk fabrics available, each with its own unique features and advantages. Here are just some of the most popular types of silk fabrics in the first part to our guide to silk.

 

Dupion
Strong, beautiful and glossy, dupion silk is a very popular fabric for evening wear and bridal wear. A fairly crisp silk fabric, dupion silk, which is also known as dupioni or douppioni silk, is reeled from two silk worms that are cocooned together. This stunning fabric, which has a lustrous finish, is perfect for crafting dresses, evening wear, blouses, skirts, and suits.

Organza
Organza silk is a beautiful sheer silk, which is lightweight, yet durable. It has a sleek and smooth finish. This plain weave fabric is perfect for creating bridal clothing and accessories, like veils. It’s also ideal for interfacing and undergarments.

Chiffon
Lightweight, soft and sheer silk chiffon is a versatile fabric, which looks absolutely stunning. Silk chiffon can be used to create evening wear, lingerie, blouses and scarves, but it’s also ideal for linings. Thanks to its supple texture, chiffon drapes beautifully, making it ideal for creating flowing evening dresses which look absolutely stunning.

Crepe
Lustrous, soft and simply stunning silk crepe is a diverse fabric that can be used to make a number of stylish clothing items. Crepe is a unique silk, as it has a slightly pebbly texture, which adds depth to the fabric. It can be used to create suits, evening wear, dresses, trousers, skirts, wedding dresses and suits. There are a wide variety of silk crepe fabrics.

Tulle
Tulle silk is a lightweight, fine net fabric. Tulle has a soft, yet slightly crisp texture, which makes it perfect for creating bridal veils. Silk tulle can also be used to craft a plethora of other clothing items and accessories, including bridal gowns and evening dresses. The lightweight, yet durable texture of tulle makes it perfect to use in petticoats and underskirts, to add volume.

Taffeta
Silk taffeta is a medium weight fabric, which has a crisp texture. Taffeta is a fine, glossy silk, which has a very smooth finish, making it look very luxurious. It feels soft and smooth, but it is also fairly sturdy. Ideal for creating evening wear, bridal gowns, dresses and more, taffeta is a truly stunning fabric.

Linen
Silk linen is a lightweight, delicate fabric, which is incredibly soft and smooth. Linen drapes beautifully, so it’s perfect for creating apparel, accessories and home décor pieces. From suits and scarves to drapes, linen is a versatile fabric that can be used to create a wide range of pieces.

There are many different types of silk, and each silk offers its own benefits. Whether it’s lightweight silk linen, or glossy and luxurious dupion silk you are looking for, you are sure to find a fabric in our collection to s

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