Dyeing, sewing and caring for silk

At Silk Wholesalers we like to help make your silk experience a great one. Please find below some fact sheets that can help you with caring for and working with our silks and silk products.

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Does silk shrink?

Yes, silk does shrink.

How much silk shrinks depends on the silk fabric and how tightly it is woven.  If the threads are tightly woven the silk fabric will shrink less than a loosely woven silk fabric.

For example, Habutai and Paj (tightly woven) are likely to shrink less than Crepe de Chine, Gauze, Silk/Cotton (looser weaves).


Allow for silk shrinkage

If you are using silk to make clothes please make allowance for silk shrinkage.  It is recommended that you pre-shrink your silk by hand washing it in cold water with a mild detergent or a gentle shampoo.  Dry it by rolling it up in a towel to remove excess water.