My exclusive scarves can be bought direct from me; via the website Gumtree Australia, or conveniently be purchased via the global Etsy website, which also offers a Paypal method of payment.
- Orders take about 2 days to dispatch from Melbourne [via registered Australia Post] – providing the particular scarf pattern is still in stock.
- I make very limited quantities per design however enquiries for bulk orders, and custom designs, can be arranged.
You can also visit the Gallery page to see examples of how these fabrics might look as dresses / skirts.
Every effort has been made to display the actual colours as accurately as possible on this website, but please keep in mind that the appearance of digital colours you view on your computer monitor depend on your individual PC’s specific settings.
Milliners are welcome to enquire about purchasing small quantities of my exclusive silk suitable for racing carnival hats.
What is Silk?
The protein fiber of silk is composed mainly of fibroin and produced by insect larvae to form cocoons. The best-known type of silk is obtained from the cocoons of the larvae of the mulberry silkworm reared in captivity. The shimmering high lustre appearance of silk is due to the unique triangular prism-like structure of the silk fibre, which allows silk cloth to refract incoming light at different angles. Silk fabric was first developed in ancient China, with some of the earliest examples found as early as 3500 BC.
Silk Chiffon is an elegant and a very fine fabric with a soft, beautiful drape and a fine crepe like texture. It is quite strong and woven in such a manner that even the heaviest weights are sheer. Other fabrics that are made from silk include charmeuse, habutai, taffeta, crepe de chine, dupioni, noil, tussah, and shantung.
Ways to test that it is genuine silk
1. Since silk fabric weaving is handmade of natural fiber, this contains small joins in the thread along the warp and weft. On the other hand, polyester has a smooth feeling as it is machine-made and has a perfect surface with no bungs.
2. The burning test: Take two threads of real silk and light them with a flame. It will leave a fine ash and smell like burned hair. When the flame is taken away, the burning will stop. On the other hand if you light imitation silk / synthetic fibres, they will drip and burn with black smoke. And, they will continue to burn after the flame is taken away.
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