The Fibre Garden : Silk
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Of ancient use, silk still comes mainly from China and other nearby countries in southeast Asia. Pure silk can give fantastic results for spinners with the patience to learn the many tricks necessary to succeed. If you’ve not tried it yet, consider first trying out one of the many blends with silk and wool or other fibres. Usually the silk has been cut to a relatively short staple length that will help your hands adjust to how it feels in a blend.
There are two basic types of silk commonly available: Mulberry Silk also goes by the names of Bombyx Silk and Cultivated Silk. This type is raised in captivity and tends to be pearly white in colour. Tussah Silk is sometimes called wild silk. It tends to be more of an ivory-cream colour and in the world of fabric is considered to be an inferior form. It seems to be just fine for spinning and is often the form used in blends. Both kinds of silk are available in combed top or as noils, and all preparations are candidates for the dyepot.
At the moment our stock of pure silk is in natural colours only, but we hope to start providing dyed silk in top, hankies/caps as well as noils in the near future.