Silk is lustrous and can absorb an amazing 30% of its dry weight in moisture, giving it similar properties to wool. This makes it a comfortable year-round fibre to wear. Silk has warmth without weight. It is warm to touch and warm to wear. It breathes so it can be used as a summer fibre, but makes for light weight insulation in the cold. It is warm without having any bulk at all
We source all our silk from Thailand. Thai silk is soft but has a relatively coarse texture with slightly knotty threads, which make it particularly suitable for hand weaving
Traditional Thai silk is handwoven, each silk fabric is unique and cannot be duplicated through commercial means. Thai silk has a unique lustre, with a sheen that has two unique blends: one colour for the warp and another for the weft.
Women traditionally weave silk on hand looms, and pass the skill on to their daughters as weaving is considered to be a sign of maturity and eligibility for marriage. A single thread is too thin to use on its own so women combine many threads to produce a thicker, usable fiber. They do this by hand-reeling the threads onto a wooden spindle to produce a uniform strand of raw silk. The process takes around 40 hours to produce a half kilogram of Thai silk.
A simple way to identify authentic Thai silk is the “wedding ring” test. When you attempt to pull Thai silk fabric through a wedding ring, it will ease through and will show you just how smooth and flexible it is as a fabric. However, the same cannot be said for imitation fabrics as they will crunch up and be very difficult or even impossible to pull through a wedding ring
Mudmee Silk Design
Mudmee silk is made by tying and dyeing the silk yarn into a design repeatedly so that the weaver ends up with silk yarn that looks like a multicolored bar code. The weft or horizontal yarn which has been tied and dyed creates the pattern. The pattern is the same on both sides of the silk.