Silk is a continuous protein filament secreted by specific types of caterpillars known as Silk Worms.
Silk has a natural sheen, inherent affinity for rich colours and high moisture absorbance.
Silk has light weight, low heat conductivity, low static current generation, resilience and excellent drape.
Silk is a cherished fabric, and a multitude of weaving techniques and styles have been employed since ages – to craft amazing sarees from the silk yarn.
Silk is all-time bridal favorite in Indian Sub-continent.
Silk in the Indian subcontinent is a luxury good. In India, about 97% of the raw mulberry silk is produced in the Indian states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal.
Mysore and North Bangalore, the upcoming site of a US$20 million “Silk City”, contribute to a majority of silk production.
Another emerging silk producers are Salem, Erode and Dharmapuri districts of Tamil Nadu.
Famous Silk variants are Mysore Silk, Banarasi Silk, Kanjivaram Silk (Kanchipuram Silk), Chanderi Silk, Paithani Silk, Uppada Silk and Assam Silk.
Wash n' Care for Silk Saree
Never Machine-wash a sari. A Saree should be either delicately hand washed or dry cleaned.
Dry cleaning is generally preferred, since laundering detergent and dyes in other clothes may adversely affect silk fabric.
If you choose to wash the saree at home please wash Pallu and Border separately in the beginning
After two or three plain water washes, use a good detergent and clean quickly. Do not keep the sari soaked in detergent for long.
Do not brush or lash a Silk Saree. This would lead to tearing of the silk or zari
In case of stains, wash with cold water immediately. For hard stains, get the Sari Dry Cleaned.
Do not bundle the wet saree along with other garments liable to cause staining
It is recommended to iron the saree between two pieces of white cloth. It is not recommended to wet the saree prior to ironing or to use a steam iron.
Store Saree in a cool dry place. Do not store silks with zari/metal yarns in plastics , plastics react with and turn the zari dark. Zari will also oxidize if in contact with humid air, they are best protected in cotton lined boxes or covers.
For long-time storage, silk should be sealed against light, air and insects, storing the silk rolled on a cardboard pipe will prevent creases and hence also prevent the silk from getting cut due to cracking.