Caring for your Silk

Silk is the most elegant and luxurious natural fabric. It has a beautiful natural shine. It is thought to have been discovered by a Chinese Empress named Lei-tzu in 2650 BC. The story tells a cocoon fell into her cup of tea from a Mulberry tree. As she tried to pull out the cocoon a fine thread began to unravel...

Nowadays silk is still a luxury but you don't have to be a princess or an empress to wear it! You can enjoy it everyday by wearing silk knickers or a silk slip under your dress. As it's a natural fabric, silk will keep you warm in winter and cool in summer so you can wear it all year round. It's a very resistant fabric and you will keep your silk lingerie and nightwear for years if not generations if you know how to look after it.

First things first, silk loves to be handwashed. Do not machine wash it and under no circumstances try to tumble-dry it. Handwash it in cool water using a mild detergent. A silk and wool detergent such as Woolite or Ecover is great. Rinse with cool water two or three times. Gently dry the garment inside a towel and then hang to let it dry.

If the silk is a little crinkled after drying, you can iron it. I never use the iron directly on the silk as it can sometimes leaves marks when the iron gets too hot. Instead, I use a wet clean cloth that I place on the silk then I iron on the wet cloth. It works perfectly, the silk gets steamed up and recovers its natural weight and shine!

If you have any questions, please contact me.