How to identify silk?
Some artificial fibers can imitate silk to perfection. It is hard to distinguish between these fibers and the real silk simply by looking at or touching a piece of fabric. However, here is a simple method – where it is possible to identify silk – just by burning a few yarns.
Silk does not burn when it is close to a flame. Place the fibers directly into the flame, they will catch fire. But as soon as you move them away from the flame, the fire will go out. A small grey crumbly ball forms at the tip of the fibers. If you pinch it between your fingers, there may only be a very slight ash residue or none at all. Smell the silk sample, it gives off the smell of burnt hair, as silk is a protein fiber like hair.
Artificial fibers will recoil from a flame. Once the flame is moved away, the fibers will continue to burn and will quickly be consumed. A hard, dark ball appears at the end of the fibers, which will smell of burnt plastic.
How to care for your silk scarf?
Option 1: Dry Clean (Strongly Recommended)
Professional dry cleaning is strongly recommended for all our products. We cannot be held responsible for any damage due to improper care after receipt.
Option 2: Handwash
If handwashing, determine if the color will fade or run. Spot test the silk fabric by blotting a water-moistened cotton ball. If the color does not fade or come off onto the cotton ball, the garment is safe to hand wash.
Make sure to wash each scarf separately – most scarves are hand dyed, some colour run might occur.
Handwash silk in lukewarm water with mild fabric softener.
Let it soak for a while and stir it up delicately from time to time
Rinse it well but avoid wringing or twisting the silk
Add several drops of white vinegar in the rinse water and rinse it again. White vinegar removes soap, restores shine and softens silk. Skipping this step also works fine as long as the soap is removed.
For a natural dry, lightly squeeze the silk scarf then roll it in a non-coloured towel and lay it flat to dry. NEVER DRY SILK UNDER DIRECT SUNLIGHT, because this can damage the fiber and fade the colour.
If you prefer your scarf soft and smooth, Iron your silk inside out with a slightly warm iron (low heat)
To keep or create a crushed effect, carefully twist the scarf after washing.
Silk’s absorbency makes it comfortable to wear in warm weather and while active. Its low conductivity keeps warm air close to the skin during cold weather. It may also assist with those suffering from conditions such as eczema as it is a natural fibre and typically non-irritating to the skin.
To produce 1 kg of silk, 104 kg of mulberry leaves must be eaten by 3000 silkworms.