Silk is a fine, strong yet soft lustrous fiber produced by silkworms in making cocoons and collected to make thread and fabric.
Silk was first developed in ancient China centuries ago, dating back to 6000 BC.
China is now the largest producer of silk in the world and has the most experience and technology for producing and printing on silk.
Silk is widely regarded as the most luxurious textile in the world and is widely used in high fashion today.
Silk has a long history and has been developed to highlight its shimmering quality and luxurious feel. It also has the practical benefits of keeping one warm in the winter with its low conductivity and yet it wicks moisture away during summer and keeps one cool as it breathes as most natural fibers do.
The smooth luxurious feel of silk fabric is unmistakable.
Satin silk also helps achieve richer vibrant colours that synthetic fiber. This is why I like to use satin silk because my drawings and designs are full of vibrant colours.
The Cotton/Silk mix fabric that I also use for the very large scarves has a lot of the same properties as silk and is a natural breathable fiber. It is also very soft and luxurious.
Silks, woolens, silk-cotton blends and other delicate natural fabrics that require dry cleaning, may also be hand washed with considerable care. In order to maintain the luxurious softness and vibrant colours it is recommended that they are washed using cold water and a neutral soap such as Woolite or baby shampoo. Do not rub or brush, just gently move it about in the water. Avoid soaking in water for long periods. Rinse with cold water, do not twist or wring as this will damage the fibers. Hang the scarf to dry away from sunlight. Iron the silk using a dry iron and not steam.