Interesting Facts about Silk

Did you know …
  • …that a silk rope is stronger than an equally thick metal wire?

  • …that half a kilo of caterpillars eats up to 12000 kilograms of mulberry tree leaves In its lifetime?

  • …that a silk worm eats 40000 times its own weight's worth of mulberry tree leaves between its birth and its pupating?

  • …that the fiber has an average width of 20 µm?
    (µm = micrometer, i.e. 1 millionth of a meter)

  • …that it takes up to 10 kg of cocoons to obtain 1 kg of silk.

  • …that one single filament can reach a length of up to 4000m?

  • …that it takes more than 25 mulberry trees to obtain 3 kg of silk?

  • …that a single silk worm can produce up to 15m of fiber per minute?

  • …that the silk worm increases in weight by the factor 12000 within 4 weeks of being born?

  • …that the silk worm grows to 25 times its size over the first 4 weeks?

  • …that a silk dress requires almost 70 kg of mulberry tree leaves?

So it's not surprising that silk is being traded as one of the most precious fibers.
July 26, 2016 by Silk Only

Wine For Your Skin

For clear and growing skin, massage your face with red wine gently for 10 minutes. Leave it for 15 minutes and then wash off. Red wine contains polyphenols which prevents cell oxidation and transforms a dull complexion to its original glow in a jiffy.

 

Do you want to get rosy and glowing cheeks? It’s quite simple! Apply a few drops of red wine on your cheeks to get that natural, rosy blush

 

Wines also contain natural AHAs, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Applying red wines on the face fights acne and clears the pores to prevent further breakouts. It also treats oily and congested skin.

 

Red wines, particularly organic red wines, are packed with antioxidants like flavonoid, resveratrol and tannin which are very good for the skin. It reduces fines and wrinkles, and lightens skin pigmentation.

 

Stay Healthy, Stay Beautiful!!! 

July 21, 2016 by Silk Only

How to maintain your silk.

1. Always wrap the sarees in muslin or soft cotton cloth.

2. On a bright sunny day, unfold your silk sarees and dry it at least every once a month. Doing this will maintain silk stains from smelling damp.

3. Avoid washing pure silk sarees as much as possible as even dry cleaning cannot maintain the quality of the saree.

4. Never fold silk sarees on the hangers as they might get stained in reaction with the metal and wood.

5. If the saree requires washing then wash with mild soap solution and rinse with cold water.

6. Never dry the wet sarees in bright sunlight as they may lose colour (Especially the blues, maroons and greens).

7. Never place the naphthalene balls directly in the cupboard or with the sarees as they may satin the fabric while evaporating. Making small bags out of waste cloth and stores the fragrances in them.

8. To remove lip stick stains, oil and cosmetics stains, try applying talcum powder to absorb the stains and wipe the area with clean cotton cloth or paper towel.

July 07, 2014 by Silk Only

How can I find if my silk is genuine or not?

There are few ways to find if the fabric is genuine silk or a man made synthetic fabric that looks like silk.

Genuine Silk is relatively expensive in comparison to a fake counterpart. Synthetic fibre tends to look like silk to a layman. Although synthetic fabric can be deliberately priced high. Price lower than genuine silk usually indicate the fabric is not silk, because the cost of production of silk is comparatively very high.

When we talk about Silk’s lustre. It is a result of the combination of threads of different natural colour. This natural fibre colour gives the surface shine and appears to change colour as the angle of light on it changes.

Genuine silk with a printed pattern will have the pattern visible on the front and an outline of the pattern on the reverse side, while on a synthetic fabric a printed pattern will have the pattern visible on the front and blank on the reverse side, its because of the less penetrable feature of synthetic fibre. This is also the reason why silk can absorb more sweat than a man made fibre.

Finally go for ‘burn test’ for surety. Peel a fibre/thread out of the fabric you want to test. Genuine silk will burn with a smell like burnt hair and will produce a black powdery ash. On the other hand synthetic fibre will burn with a smell like burning plastic and will form a black ball of residue and produce black smoke.

July 02, 2014 by Silk Only

Did you know ? Silk is more for summers, than winters !

 

Silk isn’t generally thought of as the fibre you should turn to during summers, but it should be, because the same natural properties and characteristics that make silk an indispensable ally against cold weather can also make it a smart choice when the temperature starts to rise.With modern textile processing and breeding, Silk can be transformed into the lightest, smoothest and the most fashionable fabric around.

Don’t just take our word for it, research has shown the benefits of wearing silk in warmer months when tested against cotton and man-made fibres, here is the science…

While all textile fibres are able to absorb and later release (‘desorb’) moisture from the air around them as the humidity of the air changes, only silk can absorb up to 30-40% of its own weight in water, more than any comparative textile fibre. For example, the comparable saturation water content of cotton is 24%, nylon (polyamide) 7%, and polyester 1%.

Hygroscopic nature :

Denier (D) = Fiber weight (g)/Fiber length(m)  X 9000

Moisture content and humidity are of critical importance to commercial silk production. Figure 1 illustrates the pattern of moisture regain where a hysteresis exists between the adsorption and desorption curves. Desorption measures a greater regain at a given relative humidity. For instance, given 65 percent RH, the adsorption regain value is 10 percent and the associated desorption value is 11.1 percent. Currently, 11 percent is the accepted moisture regain coefficient for silk; the mercantile weight of silk is derived based on this factor. 

                                                                           

Figure 1 :  Hysteresis phenomenon

a : adsorption, d : desorption, R.H. : relative humidity, MC : moisture content


Silk’s unique ability to take up and release moisture vapour reflects the complex molecular structure of the silk fibre, and is the basis of silk’s excellent moisture buffering characteristics – where silk clothing near the skin absorbs excess skin moisture as the humidity between fabric and skin increases, and releases it as the humidity falls.

The moisture content of the air between skin and fabric can affect skin health. This is because an ability of the human skin surface to maintain normative moisture content of 30-50% in its upper layers is critical – since the moisture content of these layers affects the skin function as a protective barrier against pathogens, UV rays, and foreign chemicals. Indeed, prolonged exposure to extremes of humidity (too dry or too wet), or even sudden shifts in humidity, can affect the skin barrier function.

Therefore, the ability of fabric to buffer skin moisture becomes critical at elevated temperatures, since elevated skin temperatures stimulate release of sweat. In such conditions, your choice of fabric plays a vital role in letting your skin breathe freely. Let your skin breathe, prefer SILK !



August 31, 2013 by Silk Only

Buy Organic Silk ! Why & How ?

Organic silk is Silk fabric harvested from the cocoons of Silk worms that have been allowed to live out their natural life, as opposed to all conventional regular silks, that are harvested from cocoons of thousands of silk worms that are BOILED ALIVE, in order to kill them, and speed up the process of Silk harvestation. To produce one meter of inorganic woven Silk, 1500 silk worms are killed.

Organic silks are the humane choice, and are aptly called "peace silk" and "ahimsa silk", ahimsa meaning non-violence (A term popularized by Mahatma Gandhi).

Organic silk is harvested, processed, weaved and dyed in India. All dyeing is by using mostly vegetable/natural dyes, and no harsh chemicals.

One thing that makes a piece of silk more “organic” than other silks is whether or not the silk was hand-loomed. In fact, more than six million individuals are employed in the hand-loom industry and is environmentally friendly, requiring no external energy requirements.

 

Organic silk is increasingly being seen in fashion lines, and is great for Sarees, scarves, suits, shirts, skirts, gowns, halters etc.

Organic silk is a purer fiber, as compared to conventional inorganic silk , that not only is inhumane, but also involves the use of several harsh/other chemicals, in order to make the fabric ready.

Organic silk is expensive as compared to conventional inorganic silk, due to the lower volume of silk fiber produced with same amount of effort and time. While organic silk harvesting, the worms are allowed to live out naturally, instead of boiling them alive, thereby making the process more time consuming and expensive.

Organic silk / Peace silk is the way forward, as it is lighter on the environment, on silk worms, on your skin, and most importantly, it is lighter on your conscience.



Tips for buying Organic Silk:

  • Look for Peace Silk/ Vegan Silk (it’s always clearly labeled or stated, so accept no substitutes).

  • Look for handloom made silk.

  • Look for Silk Mark Tag attached to the fabric.

 

August 02, 2013 by Silk Only