Natural Silk Fibres

Please see the main Fibres> Silk category page for descriptions of the two types of silk, Cultivated and Tussah.

Silk takes colour readily with either acid dyes or fibre reactive. It is considered a protein fibre, being from an insect, but the structure of it allows it to be dyed either way. Natural dyes and silk get along very well too, using the usual mordanting techniques used for wool. Nearly all references mention that silk fibres are damaged above 185 degrees F. This is apparently one of the biggest dye myths out there and has absolutely no evidence to support the claim.

We carry silk in several forms. In silk TOP the fibres have been cut to workable length, then combed into a fairly narrow preparation ready for spinning. HANKIES are thin and filmy layers of silk that have been stretched over a square form, layer upon layer. They are carefully taken apart, a hole poked in the centre and then drafted out before spinning. Silk hankies are often handpainted with dye before being taken apart and spun. NOILS are curd-like bits of silk considered to be waste by the textile industry. They are most often carded into blends to provide a bumpy, tweedy texture to a yarn, either in their natural state or dyed ahead of time. THROWSTER SILK is a byproduct of reeling silk into thread from the cocoons. These are blobs that have amazing luster and can be spun or used in blends. COCOONS are the egg-shaped silk capsules that the silk worm spins, and can come in different preparations.

Quick Metric Conversion:
1 oz = 28.35g, 2 oz = 56.7g, 4 oz = 113.4g, 8 oz = 226.8g, 1 Lb = 453.59g

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