Silk FabricsEastern Silk’s range of fine silk fabrics includes the following:
Dupion Silk Plain ColoursDupion silk is produced in India and similar to Thai Silk or the Chinese Shantung. Dupion silk is woven from the cocoons of two silk worms that have spun their cocoons together. The name dupion or douppioni refers to this ‘doubling’ effect and comes from the Italian ‘duplicato’.
The fabric accepts dye hungrily and the result is a fabric of vividly, intense colour. Many of the colours in our range of dupion silk are created by using a shot weave, i.e. where the warp thread is a different colour to the weft thread. The result is a fabric with colours that seemingly dance before your eyes.
Dupion silk is the first choice of designers for fine quality bridal and evening wear.It is suitable for curtains when used with 100% block- out lining.
Silk chiffon is woven from a twisted mulberry yarn which results in a fine, delicate, flowing silk fabric. Perfect as an overskirt on bridal, evening and christening wear.
Silk Satin - Plain
Crepe backed silk satin is made from mulberry silk and woven as unbleached fabric. After weaving the silk fabric is bleached then dyed to bring you the softest fabric with the most lustrous colour. Silk satin will be perfect for bridal and evening wear and also makes a great lining under our selection of embroidered silk organzas and silk georgettes. Dry cleaning is recommended but as the fabric is piece dyed after weaving it can be washed with care, in cold water, using a mild detergent or baby shampoo.
Woven from the finest unbleached mulberry silk yarn, this classic silk organza fabric is great teamed with bold silk lining for an elegant gown.
Silk Georgette Plain
Silk georgette has a distinct grainy texture due to the semi-twisting its yarn during weaving. Our silk georgette is woven and then piece dyed to create a soft, flowing silk fabric for blouses, tops, evening wear and bridal.
Silk Tissue Organza
Silk tissue organza is made with silk and metallized threads and can be flat in weave but is often a crinkly fabric. Its metallic lustre gives beauty wherever it is used. The fabric is best used as a stole or wrap due to its limited ability to be cleaned. If used in a garment it requires a lining to reinforce it. The fabric does not dry clean and cannot be washed so it is best not to get it dirty!
Silk Matka is a heavy weight silk traditionally woven in Bihar North India. It has a thick, earthy weave due to the heavy silk yarn used in its manufacture. It is made from Mulberry Silk and is distinctive due to its slubby, irregular weave. It makes great suits and jackets and is also good as an upholstery fabric. It softens after washing, but may also shrink. Pre washing is recommended before making up your garment. Matka silk can be dry-cleaned.
Tussar is a lustrous, crisp silk, which is typically golden in colour. The silkworms used to produce this silk feed naturally on trees in the local forests and their cocoons are then collected for use in spinning. Tussar Silk is also known as Wild Silk.