What is Silk Fabric?

silk fabric-smallSilk fabric is often thought of synonymously with the fabric orient. It’s also become known as a fabric of luxury.  But what is silk fabric?

What is Silk Fabric?
Silk fabric typically originates from India and China and is fabric that is made from the web of the silk worm.  In many cases the silk is derived from the cocoons spun by the larvae of silk worms as they undergo metamorphosis.  Silk fabric is thus a natural fiber and is considered to be a luxury fabric.

Silk Fabric Uses
Silk fabric is smooth and soft to the touch; however, it is not a highly durable fabric.  This limits it’s uses to some extent.  Here are some common uses of silk fabric:

  • Silk fabric is very popular as a drapery fabric as it will hang beautifully and give the room a luxurious quality.
  • Silk is also used in some artwork, especially artwork with an Asian style.
  • Silk is also considered a exquisite fabric for fine clothing.
  • For those wanting to use silk as an upholstery fabric, it is possible to have a white cloth fabric attached to the back of the silk fabric, which will increase the durability of the silk fabric; but by itself, silk is usually not durable enough for most upholstery uses.

Types of Silk Fabric
There are primarily two types of silk fabrics.

  1. Silk Dupioni fabric is a highly lustrous fabric and has a vintage look.
  2. Silk Taffeta is a crisp and smooth silk fabric. It has a more modern feel. Both silks are the same in terms of quality, but do have a different look.

Faux Silk
Faux silk is made from 100% polyester.  Over the years, they’ve gotten very good at making faux silk that looks very much like real silk.  In fact, if you are standing back to admire it, faux silk will look indistinguishable to real silk fabric.  Faux silk tends to look more like the silk taffeta, as both are very smooth.  Perhaps the Dupioni is too difficult to replicate.  Faux silk fabric is a very popular choice because it typically runs 75% cheaper than real silk. It is also a more durable fabric since it is made of polyester and is a better choice for upholstery fabric.

Buy Your Silk Fabric Today
At My Fabric Connection we are happy to carry silk fabrics.  We invite you to check our selection of silk and faux silk fabrics at My Fabric Connection.

Cornucopia Fabric
Cornucopia Fabric-small
Fabric Content: 100% Polyester with 100% Rayon Embroidery
Performance: 3,000 Double Rubs
Spring Fabric
Spring Fabric-small
Fabric Content: 100% Polyester with 100% Rayon Embroidery
Performance: 3,000 Double Rubs
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John Dawkins is a husband, father of four, diaper changer, and the “daddy can you help me” guy. Among many titles, I am president and janitor of my own company. Life has treated me much better than I deserve and I am thankful for a drive and passion for e-commerce fabric sales that keeps food on the table. Most importantly I thank God for His unimaginable grace, for allowing me to be a husband, a father, and even sell a yard or two of fabric along the path of life He has provided me.

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