Swatches will be available when we have received new stock mid April.
Price is per METRE. Multiple quantities will be cut in a continuous length.
A super sheer, incredibly lightweight silk chiffon made from 100% reeled natural silk with no additives, adulterants, bleaches or finishes. It has an airy lightness to it, and looks stunning as the flowing drape falls slowly to the floor. Ideal for veils, dresses and tops plus perfect for layering, this delicate textile becomes more visible and crinkly when washed as the weave becomes tighter, so bear that in mind for your creation.
It has a weight of 3 mommes (1 momme = 4.340g per sq/m). Will take natural dyes well but note that it has minimal threads to absorb onto (check swatches or a sample metre for batch production). Note that there is an estimated 10% shrinkage in the warp, and the weft (width) will crinkle up but stretches back, and can be ironed smooth - so add to your order accordingly.
Produced on small family farms, the silk is cultivated using techniques consistent with Organic Cultivation Standards though is what would be classed as "conventional silk" due to the higher volume production. 100% natural, it means that no additives, bleaches or finishes have been used - better for people and planet. For the silkworms, organic standards mean that they are fed mulberry leaves that have been organically cultivated. When it comes to natural reeled silk, the moth has been allowed to complete it's full transformation naturally, emerging from the cocoon alive and able to continue with mating. The cocoons can then be hand reeled of their silk, and even if a moth has emerged pushing the silk filament aside, the hand reeling ensures a longer staple fibre.
Silk is biodegradable (in the right anaerobic conditions) so at the end of its life can be composted. Silk is also an incredibly strong fibre that will last for a very long time anyway, so along with non-certified organic cultivation and processing, this fabric is beneficial to the land before and after its production. This particular textile is natural in colour, being undyed and unbleached.
To care for your product
As an exceptionally lightweight textile that is prone to snags, we recommend that you eco dry clean or hand wash this fabric. Use a mild detergent, or even none at all to keep it fresh and light throughout its life. Try not to machine wash, but if you're making lingerie, it is often beneficial to wash these items within a drawstring bag to prevent too much agitation and wear on the fabric.
Tumble dry on low heat, though we recommend air drying to ensure longer lasting items. You can also iron dry from a barely-damp state on the "wrong" side, which can also help with creasing, though steam drying is probably best for this textile to avoid any snagging potential. Never use bleach. Always test a small swatch or section of the garment before sewing if in doubt or creating for a brand.