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
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.