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how to care for your silk

how to care for your silk

March 26, 2018

“ The process of silk production is known as sericulture. ... Extracting raw silk starts by cultivating the silkworms on mulberry leaves. Once the worms start pupating in their cocoons, these are dissolved in boiling water for individual long fibers to be extracted and fed into the spinning reel.”

Silk is a fantastic fabric, from it’s first fiber to the final product - it is soft + luxurious, so when it came to planning items in the sassind collection, silk was always on our list. It is soft to touch, comfortable to wear and is a material that can drape and fit in such a perfect way; its lightness and fragility have one downside - how do we take care of it?

Of course, if your item has a dry-clean only label, then follow the rules. But if you are keen to wash your silks then following these simple steps will keep your garment in shape and colour for years to come. Test a small, conspicuous area first with vinegar or lemon juice as you want to check for colour fastness. Be gentle with it, as it’s the agitation of the fibers the causes silk to shrink or lose its shape.

How do I hand wash silk?

  1. Fill a clean sink or small tub with cold to lukewarm water and a small amount of liquid detergent, I tend to use a fabric softener as this is less harsh.
  2. Lightly agitate for three to five minutes.
  3. Rinse thoroughly, squeeze out surplus moisture by rolling in a towel and hang to dry. 

Can I wash silk in the washing machine?

After you test a small area for colour fastness, it should be alright to wash it in the machine. When washing silk in the machine, remember to: Choose a low heat setting (30°C) and a gentle wash cycle. ... Place extra delicate items inside a laundry bag or pillowcase to protect them while in the washing machine drum. You will shorten the lifespan of the item by machine washing silk.

Can I Iron silk?

Yes! Silk can be ironed on any ironing board and with most irons. Using the lowest temperature setting usually works on irons without a silk setting. … Not only should the iron have a steam option, but a spray bottle with water is also needed to keep the silk from scorching. Flip your item inside out, place a towel over the fabric (just in case) and iron. To get out heavy wrinkles, you should dampen the item first as not to scorch the fabric.

 

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