Silk is a natural fibre woven by silkworms made of two proteins, sericin and fibroin. Satin is a weave which can be made from various fibres such as silk or polyester. Silk can also be woven into other plain weaves or woven into crepe de chine- there are too many different weaves to list them all! A satin weave ‘skips’ extra threads in the weaving process and this creates the sheen satin is renowned for.
All of our plain silks come from one supplier in China who pay their workers a better wage for their skilled work. Our plain silk is dyed with AZO free dye and is SGS certified. Our new prints also come from this one supplier.
We use a 94% Silk, 6% Spandex and 19 momme Grade 6A mulberry silk. We use a silk spandex mix because it has a better handle and a little extra stretch which makes a more durable fabric and we believe your accessories should last. Mulberry silk is made by bombyx mori silkworms who eat only mulberry leaves which creates a stronger, more uniform silk thread.
A momme is the standard measurement of silk and is the weight in pounds of a piece of silk if it were 45” wide and 100 yards long. One momme is equivalent to 4.340 g/m². We use 19mm stretch silk as it is the perfect balance of strength but refinement and it allows the silk to fold perfectly into hair bows without adding bulky seams.
The smoothness of the silk fibre and satin weave combines to help reduce hair breakages, split ends and frizz. Silk is less absorbent than other fabrics so it won't take precious moisture away from your hair which prevent dryness.
How should I care for my silk?
When properly cared for, silk is a very strong fibre and loved for being kinder to skin and hair while also being hypoallergenic.
We recommend you either dry clean (dry cleaning will ensure the longest life for your silk) or gently hand wash silk in cool or lukewarm water with silk friendly detergent. Separate brights, lights and darks when washing. It is best to dry your silk items flat on a towel and iron carefully once dry on a low heat to remove creases.
Silk should be kept out of direct sunlight when stored as this can fade the colours and should be kept away from water other than to wash your items. Do not spot clean with water as this can cause water stains.
If washed in the washing machine, a delicate or hand wash cycle should be used at 20 or 30 degrees celsius. Ideally your silk items should be washed inside a mesh lingerie bag to protect them. Do not tumble dry silk, dry silk flat instead.
Over time, silk may shrink between 5-10% from repeated washing. The satin finish can also lose some shine after repeated washing.
Silk face masks have an extra interlining to add structure and strength so that they can be washed between 30 and 60 degrees celsius. Using a mesh lingerie bag and drying flat is still recommended to extend the life of your silk face covers.
Do not boil, soak, bleach or wring your silk.