Silks and Crystals brings you one of the finest Dress and Furnishing Silk Collections in the World. James Hare, Britain’s leading Silk Specialist, set up in a cottage in Leeds in 1865 with nothing but experience and an understanding of the tailoring trade. Interestingly, during 1910-20 they were also the world’s largest stockist of Harris Tweed.
Many qualities are 100% pure Silk. Seen regularly on the catwalks around the World, there is a silk suitable for every occasion. Ideal for making dresses and gowns for any occasion or event, making each one original and unique to the person wearing it! We supply the entire James Hare Fabric Collection. Pure Silk is the most hypo-allergenic fabric of all; cool in summer and warm in winter.
Silk or Soie in French, is one of the oldest textile fibres known to man, used by the Chinese since the 27th century BC. Mentioned too by Aristotle, becoming an extremely valuable commodity in both Rome and Greece. Silk was sold for its weight in gold during the Roman Empire. No other fabric generates quite the same reaction when mentioned. Pure Silk remains the strongest natural fibre; a steel filament of the same diameter, will break before the equivalent in silk will.
The James Hare Bridal Silk Collection is the largest in the World today. Synonymous with the Fashion and Furnishing Industries, the quality of a James Hare Fabric is second to none; used by some of the most famous names in trade, all around the World. Well known to Designers, Hatters, Theatre, Ballet and Opera companies throughout Europe, their Fabrics have decorated interiors such as the walls of the Scottish Houses of Parliament, Wentworth Castle, Prince Williams 21st Marquee and the Royal Opera House.
Silk is always in fashion. For that special occasion outfit there is a wide range of fabrics available. From Velvets and Sheers to Embroidered and plain Dupion. We can also have your Clan Tartan produced in pure silk, subject to terms and conditions; please Contact Us for further details.
Ordering your sample today is a must! It's the only way to experience the true look and feel of this stunning fabric….try before you buy!