Our silk is the finest quality 100% pure 'A' grade silk, produced to our own exacting requirement for our Artists and Silk Painters.
It comes in a natural, clean warm white, without any factory finishes, stiffeners, softeners, bulking agents, fire retardants and so on, our silks are simply natural, and gorgeous !
We have been in business for over 20 years now and our ethic is simple ~ we never compromise weight or quality for cost, please bear this in mind when comparing prices.
We could source cheaper silk but we choose not to. You would be disappointed and so would we!
A fact sheet is available on how best to wash & prepare your silk for dyeing purposes
*new This lovely Noil Poplin is a full bodied, top quality, soft medium weight Poplin, very natural silk with a matt finish and loose knobbly textural weave. This is a great silk for NUNO FELTING as well as DRESS MAKING ~ great for loose summer shirts, dresses, all kinds of clothing; we once dressed a bride in this silk for her beach wedding. This is a heavier, high end version of 'raw silk' and isn't 'seedy' or prone to crease badly.
Available in NATURAL, BLACK 5.5mm and WHISPER 4.5mm
A sheer fabric with an open flat weave, slightly stiff to handle, softens with washing/dye application.
A useful silk for screen printing, mounting, layering and many other applications.
FELTING SILK - Whisper Organza is a very light Organza Gauze, sometimes known as Scrim with an open weave offering tooth and a soft fine handle.
Crepe de Chine
Now in two weights 12mm and 16mm. A luxury silk fabric with woven crepe weave, soft lustrous surface, heavy drape and swing. Strong, slightly stretchy, hangs beautifully. This is the Rolls Royce of Silk !
Ideal for day wear, evening wear, blouses, dresses, scarves, and excellent for dressmaking 'on the cross'.
The lighter 12mm is ideal for lingere, sleepwear, loose sleeves, scarves and anywhere transparency is required.
A wafty light-weight plain weave silk with flat surface and wonderful lustre, known also as Pongee.
NOW AVAILABLE IN TWO WEIGHTS *
* new PAJ-PONGEE 4.5mm @ 140cm for those who like the qualities of Paj/Pongee and would something lighter, with an amazing sheen and delicacy for the waftiest nuno felt *FELTERS* This is a quality silk that will reflect a great sheen and offer many applications.
We traditionally offer you a high quality 6.5mm Paj for extra tensile strength and wearability. Due to the declining quality in this silk, 6.5mm means we ensure the weight and quality to be above 6mm, the best available. This is the prefered weight for self lining silk garments.
All the great qualities of Paj make both weights suitable for scarves, lining, layering. kites, wall hangings, sheer curtaining, play-cloths, flags and banners.
A very light open weave fabric, surprisingly strong. Suitable for felt making, clothing, layering, scarves and window dressings. Sometimes referred to as Silk Tissue.
A lightweight ethereal crepe fabric with crinkle surface, lovely soft handle
Suitable for felt making, scarves, layered garments, window dressings
Silk Chiffon 140cm
A lightweight sheer, flat woven fabric with high lustre and very soft feel. Very transparent with high tensile strength. Uses include scarves, veiling, layering, banners, window treatments, limited only to your imagination.
A medium weight plain weave silk available in three weights, 8.5mm, 10mm, 12mm, with flat surface and good sheen. Heavier than Paj. Excellent tensile strength. Takes colour well and is the preferred silk for silk painting and printing, as it is more controllable than lighter weight silks.
Due to the declining quality in this silk, 8.5mm means we ensure the weight and quality to be above 8mm, the best available. You will notice the difference.
Choose by weight according to what you are making, for example ~ 8.5mm ideal scarf weight, 10mm traditional weight for mens shirts and 12mm pants, cushions etc
A great all purpose silk, suitable for wearable art, scarves, pictures, quilting, soft furnishings, screens, cards.
Just to confuse, Habutai is sometimes known as Jap.
JAP ~ originating from WW2 when parachutes were made with this silk. It was light, strong and very small to pack.
A lovely floaty, semi-transparent, soft silk with a crepe surface, soft handle, good drape and high strength.
Useful for garments, layering, scarves, wall hangings, window dressings. Due to the popularity of this silk, we are now offering a heavier 12mm which lends itself to all the same applications plus more weight and less transparency for clothing. Georgette has the peculiar attribute of clinging to the dye particles and increasing it's weight and body noticably.
A medium weight silk with very fine slub texture, character and matt finish.
With the appearance of a fine linen, a wonderful fabric for clothing, soft furnishings, machine embroidery and quilting.
This is a sophisticated silk and can offer a gentle 'scrunch' if required.
Twill is distinctive in it's faintly visible crossway Twill weave, available in two weights 10mm and 14mm, both excellent for medium weight clothing, and perfect for garments made 'on the cross' offering a lovely soft stretch and drape for dresses, skirts and blouses. No openings, zips or buttons needed, ample give for most stretch patterns. A lesser known silk with amazing properties and unique appearance.
Silk Satin Crepe
A beautiful silk with the soft drape of a woven crepe backing and a soft satin sheen. Both sides can be used equally.
Light yet strong with high tensile strength. Suitable for scarves, day wear, evening wear, sleepwear, bedding, lingerie and drama/dance costuming as it catches the light beautifully and has great swing and motion.
Spun Silk is a medium to heavy weight fabric with a soft feel, flat weave, matt surface, nice lustre and high tensile strength. Looking like linen, it will appeal to those who like Fuji. Ideal for clothing such as light jackets, waistcoats and dresses
Silk 20% / Viscose 80%
A lush pile fabric specifically designed for Devore 'burn out' work, whereby the viscose component (pile) is dissolved by the application of a special paste, leaving the silk ground unharmed.
Takes dye beautifully and can be equally appreciated as a luxury velvet fabric with or without burn out.
Suitable for clothing, especially Medieval dresses and capes, soft furnishings, scarves.
Devore chemicals and starter kits
Silk/Cotton Voile 20%silk/80%cotton
This beautiful voile silk/cotton blend is a perfect weight for summer clothing. It has a soft but lusterous matt finish.
Silk/Cotton Voile 25%silk/ 75%cotton
This lovely silk/cotton voile has a soft lustreous sheen and is also perfact for clothing. The extra width makes it ideal for patterns on the bias, and perfect for privacy curtains.
A beautiful light/medium weight pure silk jersey. This fabric comes in tube form, ideal for seemless garments, and can easily be cut flat for all other purposes. Divine for soft, stretchy, comfortable, drapable fashionwear which will hold it's shape. It has a soft sheen and takes a dye well.
Silk to dye for ......
A generous supply of assorted silks for the dyer, aimed to introduce new silks not tried before;each pack contains an ever changing selection of seven different silks that vary in size. Sizes may be fat quarter, selvedge to selvedge about 20cm wide, or in the case of high end silks and velvet, around 30cm.