silk is smoothness and softness

silk is smoothness and softness

Silk is the garment of choice for many women in the summer for its smoothness and softness. Silk fabrics can message your skin in a very subtle way, help absorb sweat and other bodily excretions on your skin to keep it clean and cool. However, how can one tell genuine silk apart from synthetic fibres that claim to be real silk? Below you can find some of the tricks you can use:

1. Sheen:
The sheen of genuine silk is gentle and mild, bright yet not flashy. Synthetic textiles’ sheen, on the other hand, tends to be bright but sharp, and becomes hard to look directly at under strong lighting conditions.

2. Touch:
Genuine silk is similar in composition to human skin/hair, so touching genuine silk will give the feeling that you are touching another human’s hand. Synthetic fibres do not give such a feeling. Artificial silk may feel soft and smooth but lacks the form of genuine silk, while cotton fabric feels harder and lack the smoothness of silk.

3. Fold marks:
If you fold a piece of fabric and squeeze at the fold for a little while, different fabrics will display different reactions. Genuine silk has good fibre elasticity and does not leave obvious fold marks after the squeeze. Synthetic fibres are not very elastic and fold marks will be apparent and hard to remove. Polyamide fabrics will have fold marks at first but slowly recover, so one needs to beware of vendors mixing polyamide and silk together.

4. Tensile strength:
Silk fibres have very high tensile strength – that is, if you pull very hard at a silk fibre it would not break. This can be tested by pulling out a few fibres at the edge of the fabric and wet them with water or saliva then pull hard. Synthetic fibres break easily.

5. Rubbing sound:
Rubbing two pieces of dry silk together creates a very unique “silk sound” that is not heard with any other textiles. This is because silk’s surface is protected by a layer of sericin a.k.a silk glue.

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