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How to Care for Silk

There is no doubt that silk is synonymous with elegance and luxury. This beautiful, natural material is versatile and often comes in a shiny satin finish or matt silk crepe.

It is thought that the earliest appearance of woven silk as a luxury fabric dates back to over 5000 years ago in China. Silk was originally reserved for royalty in China but gradually spread through Chinese culture and trade both socially and geographically. Silk production was very much confined to China until the opening of the Silk Road around 200BC. This route facilitated the growth of the silk trade, and silk production became more common in the west. The Industrial Revolution changed much of Europe's silk industry. New technology in spinning cotton made it much cheaper than the manufacture of silk and therefore caused more expensive silk production to become less mainstream and a very luxurious fabric.

Today, silk continues to be the luxury fabric of choice as it is versatile, comfort and elegant. Not only do we use pure silk, silk can also be woven with other fibres such as cotton and cashmere to produce fabrics that have an elegant sheen and luxurious silky texture that glides over your skin.

CARING FOR YOUR SILK GARMENTS

Although silk is relatively durable, it is a delicate fibre and does require a bit of care and attention when cleaning. However, your silk garments will keep their original softness and sheen for years with correct cleaning, drying and pressing so it's absolutely worth taking that little bit of time with your silk pieces.

Care instructions for many silk garments, especially those made of pure silk, recommend dry cleaning but many silk garments can look better and last longer if you hand wash them. However you choose to clean you silk, we recommend that you do refer to the care instructions of your garments before deciding. If you'd like to hand wash you silk garments, here's a handy guide of how to do so which we hope you'll find helpful.

HOW TO HAND WASH YOUR SILK:

1. Prepare a basin of cool water and mix in a mild detergent such as Woolite TM, natural soap or shampoo.

2. Place the silk garment in the cool water and gently plunge the garment up and down. Avoid soaking silk for too long as this may fade the dye.

3. Drain the water from the basin, refill with cool water and and rinse the garment several times with the cool water.

4. Never machine dry or wring your silk garment, instead roll it up in a bath towel and gently press out the excess water.

5. When most of the water is out place the silk onto a padded hanger to dry fully. Or you could lay it flat on a towel to dry naturally.

HOW TO PRESS:

1. Reverse the garment and press while it is still damp.

2. Make sure the iron is on a low setting and turn off the steam function as the high temperature of the steam can damage the silk fibres.

3. We recommend turning the garment inside-out and placing a piece of fabric over the silk garment before pressing so there is no direct contact between the silk garment and the heat.

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