Silk is one of the most luxurious materials you can wear; its smooth, cooling texture and breathability make it the perfect choice for evenings in the city or strolls along the shore. Its distinctive sheen is effortlessly elegant: a sophisticated piece that doesn’t sacrifice the wearer’s comfort.

Discovered, allegedly, when Empress Leizu of China unraveled a silkworm cocoon after it fell in her tea in 6000 BCE, silk quickly became a highly coveted and closely guarded secret - revealing its production methods was often met with a death penalty. During the Han Dynasty (206 BCE – 220 CE), silk production flourished, and the Silk Road emerged as a vital trade route connecting China to the Mediterranean, facilitating the exchange of goods, ideas, and cultures. Silk quickly became synonymous with luxury and royalty. As its demand grew with time, its production expanded to Italy, Japan, India and Thailand.

Today, silk remains symbolic of sophistication, renowned for its delicate beauty yet remarkable durability when properly cared for. Here are 4 ways to keep your silk looking silky smooth:

1. How to Wash

The best way to keep the shine of your silk pieces while keeping them clean is through hand washing or spot cleaning: gently blot the affected areas with a mild detergent and cold water. Avoid rubbing the stain, as this could damage the fabric.

If a machine wash is needed, wash on a cold water setting as a delicate, using a mesh laundry bag (if you have one) to protect from abrasion.


2. How to Dry

After washing it is best to air dry silk garments but avoid wringing them out, as this can distort their shape. Instead, gently press out the excess water and lay the garment flat on a clean towel to air dry.


3. How to ‘Iron’

To remove wrinkles from silk, use a steamer or steam iron on the lowest setting while the fabric is still ‘slightly’ damp. Always iron on the reverse side of the fabric and use a pressing cloth to protect the silk from direct contact with the iron.


4. How to Store

Store silk garments in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight to prevent fading and yellowing. Avoid hanging silk garments on wire hangers, as they can leave creases and distort the fabric. Instead, use padded hangers or fold garments neatly to maintain their shape.


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