What is silk fabric printing?
Silk fabric is widely known for its beauty. This natural fabric is made from mulberry silkworms and their cocoons. Silk is also a generalised term for any fabric constructed using silk yarns or fibres.
Silk is renowned for its lustrous appearance, fine quality, beautiful drape, and soft handle. It is a highly-priced fabric, mainly due to the time-consuming and delicate process involved to turn the thread into a yarn. Silk is often thought to be delicate, but on the contrary, it is the strongest material fibre.
Making printed silk fabric is a technical process that involves trained specialists. Depending on the composition of the material, we use reactive and pigment printing techniques. These methods ensure that the colour will stay with the fabric throughout years of use. Most importantly, the process doesn't change the original handle of the material. This is important for any fabric but especially so for silk, as the authentic texture and feel of this material is so divine. Even still, the resulting print will be bold and as gorgeous as the material itself.
When you design and print on silk, we're able to produce your fabric quickly. As the process for silk fabrics is slightly more involved than other materials, we estimate our production time at about 3-4 days, which is still quite quick! With our speedy delivery options, you could have your silk in your hands in less than a week.
Purposes of printed silk fabric
Silk is used for a variety of purposes, from handmade items by hobbyists to materials across a variety of industries. Especially when it comes to personal projects, having your own artistic print on silk can add a whole extra dimension to the final look. Silk's uses include:
- Fashion: shirts, skirts, dresses, scarves, lingerie, accessories
- Furnishings: upholstery, wall coverings, curtains and drapes, bedding, rugs, wall hangings
- Industrial: parachutes, bicycle tires, duvet fillings, surgical sutures
Properties and benefits of silk
With a wealth of remarkable qualities, silk fabric printing is extremely popular and sought-after natural fabric printing process.
Some of printed silk fabric's most renowned properties include:
- Beautiful drape
- Associated with richness and royalty
- Strong and durable
- Low conductivity
Besides its opulence and undeniable beauty, silk has a lot of advantages over many other fabrics both natural and synthetic. Due to its natural protein structure, silk is the most hypoallergenic of all fabrics. It's great for those with sensitive immune systems or seasonal allergy sufferers.
Silk is also a treat for the skin as the smooth texture glides over the surface of the skin without tugging or causing irritation. When used for bedding and pillowcases, it can keep hair and skin looking in its best condition. It will also help you avoid crush wrinkles while sleeping.
This is a moisture-wicking fabric that can absorb up to 30% of its own weight without making the wearer feel damp and uncomfortable. As it's also temperature-regulating, it will feel cool and breathable when it's warm outside but will help you retain heat when it's cold.
Silk blends seamlessly with other textiles and takes colour very well, which is why it's such a joy to print on silk. Seamstresses and dressmakers enjoy creating with custom printed silk as it is easy to work with.