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March 8, 2018

Fabric & Garment Care: Silk

We love silk for its extreme versatility, for the fact that it is both strong and delicate, and because it has both insulating and cooling properties. We’ve used it in several of our recent collections and you can look forward to seeing more of it in future ones.

If you’ve already bought a silk garment from us, or you have your eye on one, it’s important that you care for it correctly in order to guarantee the lifespan and integrity of the fabric. Here’s how:

Washing
  • Almost all silk can be hand washed.
  • Use lukewarm water and a mild, non-alkaline soap like baby shampoo.
  • Never use harsh detergents that contain bleaches or brighteners – silk is a natural protein fibre and bleach will damage the fabric.
  • Don’t soak silk for more than a few minutes.
Rinsing
  • Add a few tablespoons of distilled white vinegar to the rinse water to neutralise alkali traces and help dissolve any soap residue. Alternatively, add a few drops of hair conditioner to the rinse water for an extra silky feel.
  • Don’t wring or twist silk to extract the rinse water – roll it in a towel instead.
Drying
  • Avoid drying silk in direct sunlight as prolonged exposure to sunlight damages the fibre and causes the colour to fade. Direct sunlight can also cause wet silk to yellow.
  • Always hang wet garments in such a way that they hold their shape.
  • Never hang wet silk on a wooden drying rack – the dyes and finishes can leave stains on the fabric.
Ironing
  • Press your garment inside out while it’s still damp.
  • Always use a cool iron setting or ‘silk’ setting – high heat can dull, pucker, or burn the fabric.
  • Don’t wet small areas of the fabric at a time – this can leave rings when it dries.
Travelling
  • Pack your silk garments as you would any other items of clothing.
  • Hang the garment after unpacking – any minor wrinkles should disappear overnight.

Helpful hint: Always make sure your perfume is dry before putting your garment on – alcohol – containing substances like perfume and hair spray will damage the fabric.