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Silk twill is a luxurious fabric. At 14mm, this fabric is a medium weight silk and the denser weave provides a beautiful, even surface for the ink to be absorbed. Silk twill has a matte finish so there is only a moderate shine to this fabric. The twill weave features the characteristic diagonals and is both delicate and strong. You’ll see why silk twill is the popular choice for Hermes silk scarves! The drape and dimension of silk twill will suit any high end project.
|100% silk in twill weave
|52”/ 132 cm
|2-3% in length and 4-5% in width
|Moderate, roughly 50%
All silk twill fabrics are printed on-demand with our vibrant and permanent reactive inks.
Silk is a natural protein fiber, cultivated from the cocoons of certain insect larvae. While a variety of insects produce silk to form their cocoons, only the silk of moth caterpillars is used to make silk fabric. The mulberry silkworm Bombyx mori produces the most well-known silk today. Raw silk threads from the cocoons are spun into silk yarn, which is then woven into silk fabric. Silk fabric is known for its shimmering appearance due to its triangular prism-like fiber structure. The shape allows for incoming light to refract at different angles and gives different visual dimension and richness to the fabric surface.
Silk, specifically 100% silk twill - is the most popular fabric used in the scarves of the luxury apparel brand Hermès.
The production of silk both began and was exclusive to China for the early part of its history. With the opening of the Silk Road silk became available to much of the world. The Silk Road was a trade route system that connected the Eastern World and the Western World from the 2nd century BC to the 18th century. While it refers predominantly to the export of silk from China, it also resulted in the exchange of many other goods - from religion to culture - forming-long distance political and economic relationships that were previously not possible. Yet even after the opening of the Silk Road, China remained nearly the sole provider of silk world wide for another thousand years. Silk production gradually spread to Japan, the Byzantine Empire, Arabia, and even Western Europe, at which point Chinese silk lost much of its demand outside the luxury market. Today, however, China has regained its position as the world's largest producer of silk.
According to Chinese Mythology, 14-year-old empress Leizu discovered silk when a silkworm cocoon fell into her teacup.
The production of silk fabric, known as sericulture, is a complex and labor-intensive process, hence making it an expensive fabric to buy. The process involves feeding silkworm larvae mulberry leaves until they have grown to a sufficient size to begin forming themselves cocoons. The cocooning process takes about 2-3 days, with the resulting amount of usable silk from each cocoon being quite small. About 2500 silkworms are needed to make 1 pound of raw silk. Once the cocoons are fully formed they are boiled, killing the silkworm pupa and allowing the silk fibers that made up the cocoon to unravel. These filaments, known as raw silk, are wound onto a reel to be spun into silk yarn.