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SILK: WHY IS IT SUSTAINABLE? 

Named “Queen of Textiles”, silk has always been an incredible natural material that has been around for thousands of years. Today, our fashion editor Daria Müller Velasquez will share with you all the important things you need to know about silk and more.

Words By Daria Müller Velasquez

25/06/2021

“Silk does for the body what diamonds do for the hand” 

Oscar de la Renta

Fashion can be unpredictable, trends come and go. But silk fabric has stood the test of time and has been used in clothing for centuries. What is silk fabric and why is it so valued? Let’s take a loop and take a closer look at it.

What is silk fabric?

Silk is an unrivaled fabric known for its smooth, shimmery and lustrous texture. It is one of the strongest natural fibers to date, and not only exudes sophistication but also benefits people and the planet alike.

How is silk made?

Silk is produced from the cocoons of silk moth larvae. The process of making this fantastic material is as follows: silk moth larvae eat mulberry leaves for about 30 days. When he is satisfied, he begins to weave a cocoon, which is made from one long filament. Before the larvae open their cocoon again (to change into mulberries), they are harvested and boiled. As the threads of the cocoon remain unbroken, together they will form one silk thread.

Why is silk sustainable?

The silk-making process is 100% natural, as no chemical induction or synthetic methods can be used to speed up the process of mother nature. This is the reason why it is environmentally friendly.

Why is silk expensive?

Silk is expensive because its production process is long and cannot be accelerated. It is also an intensive, manual process of preparing threads that are woven or knitted to make silk fabrics.

What is the difference between organic and regular silk?

Organic silk is also called peaceful silk. Its difference from regular silk lies mainly in the life cycle of the silkworm. Instead of boiling the larvae, which kills them, a hole is made in the cocoon, and the larvae can go out and live another 7-14 days before dying naturally. The opening of the cocoon means that the silk thread has been broken. Therefore, the threads from each cocoon become much shorter. GOTS certified organic silk also includes ethically sustainable working conditions throughout the entire garment manufacturing process.

How many types of silk exist?

Firstly, there are several different kinds of silk such as mulberry (90% silk) and wild silk. These names tell you which maggots the silk comes from. Secondly, there are many different types of silk fabrics. The most common ones are charmeuse, habotai, silk crepe, crepe de Chine, chiffon, dupion, and organza, just to name a few. These names speak of how silk threads are woven, and each fabric has a different drapery and appearance. 

How to take care of silk?

Since this antibacterial material naturally breaks off mites, dust, and other particles, it doesn’t need to be washed as often as other materials. It is often sufficient to allow the garment to stand for a few hours. For a fresh scent, we recommend spraying linen cloth with eco-friendly water after weathering.

Properties of silk

Some of the general properties of silk are:

  • It warms and cools as needed.
  • The material is very breathable, which makes it a good fabric for, for instance, face masks.
  • Another quality that makes silk a good choice for face masks is that it is hydrophobic, which means that droplets won’t easily penetrate the fabric.
  • It is made up of protein, just like our own hair and nails, and is therefore very gentle on the skin.
  • Because silk does not react with your body’s enzymes, it is a tissue that is expensive in the medical world to support healing processes, such as an operation.

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