Natural silk is obtained from sericulture, the cultivation of the silkworm, Bombyx mori. The most precious silk fibre is unravelled from the silkworm’s cocoon, almost 1km long.

Silk is known for its excellent tinctorial affinity (dyeability), which allows for a wide variety of vibrant colours. Silk fibres can take various forms including raw silk, organzine, dupioni, crepe, etc. The various kinds of threads can be woven into a number of different fabrics. Wild silk, on the other hand, it extracted from wild (non-cultivated) silkworms.

Traditionally-made silk generally has good light fastness (for upholstery fabric dye). However, we recommend avoiding overexposure of silk curtains or wallcoverings to sunlight or even moonlight.

We also recommend dry cleaning silk. However, certain silk fabrics may be hand washed if three simple rules are observed: wash in lukewarm water with a mild soap or detergent, wash separately, and wash gently. Silk should never be soaked in water for long periods of time, and should be gently ironed inside out.