Nicknamed the ‘Queen of Fabrics’, silk fabric has been highly sought after since it has such a luxurious texture and is well liked by royalty throughout history. This fabric has a variety of benefits, including its elegant appearance and its classic yet luxurious appearance, which can be applied to both clothing and furniture.
The process of manufacturing Silk also makes it one of the more expensive materials in the world of fabrics. But if cared for right, it is definitely a worthy investment.
In this article, we will be touching on some of the benefits as well as the flaws of this beautiful fabric that you happy sewers should be aware of before purchasing for your next project.
Pros of Silk:
Silk is well known for its ability to create beautiful drapes. Here are some of the many positive aspects of this beautiful material:
- Strength & Durability: Silk is one of the strongest natural fibers, despite feeling soft to the touch. For added durability, silk is often blended with other fibers, such as cotton.
- Absorbency: Silk fabric’s ability to absorb moisture allows this fabric to absorb dyes well. Silk fabric’s high absorbency allows this material to be breathable.
- Texture: Silk fabric gives off a luxurious feel due to it’s flattering sheen. It also has an incredibly soft and lightweight hand feel which feels smooth on the skin.
Cons of Silk:
As amazing and versatile that silk is, there are flaws to this well-loved material, including:
- Shrinkage: Silk fabric shrinks in the wash, so it is best to have it dry-cleaned to avoid fabric shrinkage. That being said, sometimes manufacturers pre-wash the fabric before it is constructed into clothing items and that can be an expensive process.
- Cost:On top of being one of the costlier fabrics, silk fabric is also costly to maintain. Dry cleaning services are not very easy on the pocket and this fabric requires special attention and care.
- Sun Damage: Although silk fabric is pretty strong and durable, long exposure to sun rays can cause the fibre to weaken. This will cause material ripping and also colour fading much quicker than any other material.
- Water Damage: Silk fabric can absorb moisture in large amounts. However, it is prone to water stains which is really tough to remove.
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