To coincide with the introduction of silk yarns to our range, we have put together some information on the three distinct qualities of silk, which we hope you'll find of interest!Mulberry:
The silk worms that create this luscious fibre are kept in a carefully controlled environment, and are only fed on mulberry leaves. This produces the highest quality silk. It is shiny and white and takes dye incredibly well. It is also extremely strong - depending on how it is spun.Raw:
This fibre comes from the cocoons of wild worms who eat different types of vegetation which results in a different texture to the silk. It is not shiny or strong and doesn't hold dye as well as other silks, however it still has a beautiful texture.Tussah:
This is a cross between Mulberry and Raw silk. Because of the varied diet of the worms, the natural colour of the silk is not bright white - more caramel. It takes dye well, but will be affected by the natural colour of the fibre. It is shiny and strong and is often used for blending with other fibres.
Here's a link to our new silk yarns: http://www.worldofwool.co.uk/products/114/yarns/silk_yarns.htm