8 common types of silk fabrics

Not all silks are equal. The most well-known and popular type of silk is Mulberry Silk - while it is an esteemed silk steeped in history as well as our preferred silk here at Real Silk Life, it is not the only type of silk. There are actually several different types of silk, made from different sources and produced in different ways. The following is a popular science on the classification of real silk. There are 14 major categories and 36 subcategories of silk varieties according to the fabric structure, combination of warp and weft threads, processing technology and the shape of the silk surface.

Each category of silk surface can have plain (refined, bleached, dyed) or floral (woven, printed) performance.

Below we list 9 common silk fabrics and share them with you one by one


1. Crepe Satin Plain

It is what everyone's "impression of silk" should look like. The front and back are different, the front is shiny, and the back is dull. The weave is so tight that it is difficult to see the grain with the naked eye.

There is also elastic satin, which is similar to plain crepe satin; it is not 100% mulberry silk, and generally contains 5% to 10% spandex. Disadvantages of pure silk.


2. Silk Double Joe

There are silk double georgettes and silk double georgettes, and generally there is no distinction between front and back. In terms of touch, the silk double joe feels more delicate and smooth. Shuang Qiao has a slight elasticity in the direction of the width of the door, and the wearing comfort is high.


3. Crepe de Chine

The surface is wrinkled, with slightly concave-convex and wavy scaly crepes, and the texture is visible, light and slightly transparent.


4. heavy crepe

Heavy, read as "Chong" here, means repetition, overlapping, and technically it is weaving after plying multiple strands of twisted yarn. High momme number, relatively thin fabric, low momme number silk feels softer, thicker, and less prone to wrinkling.


5. Georgette

Also known as crepe georgette. Georgie is light and transparent, soft and elastic to the touch, with good air permeability and drapability. The silk surface has slightly convex particles and loose structural pores.


6. Chiffon

The name comes from the transliteration of English Chiffon, which means light and transparent fabric, which has the characteristics of light, transparent, soft and elegant fabric. In recent years, due to the rapid development of chemical fiber technology, the original "silk" has been replaced by "chemical fiber".


7. Shun crepe

Also called bark crepe, it is named after its shape like bark. Thin, easy to see through, not easy to wrinkle, good drape.


8. Habutai

It is a thin fabric with a tight and clean texture, soft handle, soft luster and good shading effect.

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