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Silk: The Queen of All Fabrics

Silk has always caught eyes and hearts since its discovery. It is rather a luxury good. The maintenance of secrecy of the process of its production by its discoverers, in the early history, seems to be totally justified. This precious and beautifully smooth and shiny fabric was mostly a royal taste. With time, various variations were introduced in it which added to its popularity and made it affordable. Various new modifications introduced in the shiny, smooth fabric have increased its applicability to western wear as well. Silk defines class. Fashion freaks are going crazy for modified fabrics. Silk tulle is one such fabric which is gaining popularity every day due to the comfort and daintiness offered by it.


Some of the common types of silks known include:

  • Mulberry – this is the most common and widely used and accounts for 90% of the world’s supply. It requires extra care to maintain its smooth structure.

  • Tasar this is a wild-type produced by caterpillars rather than mulberry worms. This type of silk is available in its natural form as it is tough to dye.

  • Eri – this is a creamy, white colored silk, derived from domesticated species of silk worms. Eri is durable and is heavy to wash.

  • Muga – It is golden yellow in color. This is limited in supply. It is high quality and is used in making traditional dresses, especially of royal taste. It sometimes limits bleaching.

  • Mussel – It is often known as ‘sea silk’. Its production is only done at the shores of Taranto, Italy.


Silk tulle is a lightweight and very dainty fabric with a kind of net structure. It is mostly chosen for making petticoats. It is widely used in finishing blouses, bridal wear, women’s shirts and summer wear as well. It offers elegance and airiness. With these effects emanating in the dress, the outfits become really attractive and fascinate consumers. It features a beautiful pearly sheen and is quite light. There are mainly two types of silk tulle available namely, English and French. The former type is made with a slightly larger weave and is the sheerest option available. French silk is one of the most luxurious, incredibly soft and flowy type. This type is slightly opaque but still very sheer.


Besides the lustrous beauty and luxurious softness, there are many other benefits of silk which no other fabric, either natural or man-made can match. It is said to be one of the most hypoallergenic fabric due to its structure of natural protein. Silk is one of the strongest and most tensile natural fiber and competes with steel yarn in tensile strength. It is moderately abrasion resistant and is highly absorbent and dries quickly. Most importantly it is a fabric which is favorable to all types of climatic changes, cozy and warm in winters and comfortable and cool during summers.

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