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Information about the silk

As a proponent of eco-conscious practices, I craft my textile and wearable art collections exclusively from pure silk, utilizing professional dyes. Prior to painting the scarves, I meticulously conduct a burning test to verify the authenticity of the silk, ensuring it hasn't been blended with other fibers such as rayon, nylon, Tencel, or any combination thereof, with or without silk. This method remains paramount in guaranteeing its genuineness.

Additionally, I diligently prewash the silk before applying dyes, aiming to both pre-shrink the fabric and eliminate any potential grease marks. The thickness of the silk is assessed using the Momme scale, where a higher Momme value indicates a thicker silk.

 

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pongee

Pongee has a low shine and smooth weave.  It is somewhat translucent with good reflective qualities.  

Crepe de Chine

Traditional Crepe de Chine has a matte sheen and is known for its fluid and sensuous drape.  Its threads are twisted to create a texture that gives it spring and light stretch. 

satin organza

Satin Organza is crip, translucent, and lightweight.  The front has a bright shine, and the back is matte.  It creases easily that is why it is used to create fabulous textures in felting. 

HABOTAI OR  CHINA SILK

Habotai is all-purpose silk.  Also known as China Silk, it is the most common type of silk used for silk painting.  It is available in many weights including 4 1/2, 5, 6, 8,9,12 and 15 momme.  

NOIL POPLIN

Noil Poplin is woven from waste silk.  Noil Poplin looks like heavy-weight cheesecloth.  It is sometimes called "raw silk" because it has the appearance of inexpensive cotton.  It's perfect as an addition in felting to create unique textures. 

broadcloth

Broadcloth has a smooth surface and is usually available in a natural colour. It is easy to dye Broadcloth and very versatile in felting design. 

Charmeuse

Charmeuse is the most sensuous of the silks.  It is available in a variety of weights, qualities, and types.  Charmeuse is shiny on the front and dull on the back and is sometimes backed with Crepe de Chine.  

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