Legend has it that the process for making silk cloth was first invented by the wife of the Yellow Emperor, Leizu, around the year 2696 BC. The idea for silk first came to Leizu while she was having tea in her imperial gardens. A cocoon fell into her tea and unraveled. At a closer glance, she noticed that the cocoon was made from a long thread that was both strong and soft. Leizu then discovered how to combine the silk fibers into a thread, and the art of silk weaving was born.
Silk cloth remained a luxurious fabric that only royalty was allowed to wear for many years in ancient China, it was the utmost symbol of status. It then became a fabric allowed for the noble class to wear also.
Today, silk is still considered one of the most luxurious fabrics due to its properties.
Annada silk is sourced where the art of silk weaving was born, China. Our artisans work to weave the finest and lightest silk, the properties of which are extremely comfortable and allow for a colourfastness amplifying the colours in each artwork.
Annada silk is made to possess a luxurious drape, our luxury silk is wonderful for creating billowy and flowing textures, perfectly designed for adding a layer of style.
- Its fine weave allows for a light and comfortable wear.
- Annada silk has a high resistance to deformation.
- Silk has good insulation properties, it is warm in winter and cool in summer, making it suitable year-round.
- It is the strongest natural fiber available.
- Silk is a fabric that shimmers and shines, and has a great affinity to dye, making it the perfect fabric for bringing art to life.
Caring For Your Silk Scarf
- When a label says “Dry Clean” that is the manufacturer’s recommended cleaning method, but it may not be the only method available—hand washing silk clothing is often an acceptable alternative. “Dry Clean Only,” however, should be strictly adhered to. Test for colourfastness. The rich colours of silk can often bleed, so be sure to test before washing anything: Dip a cotton swab in mild laundry detergent and water, then dab it on a hidden seam to see if any dye comes off on the swab. Bright prints or colours that bleed should be dry-cleaned. Never spot-treat silk!
- Rubbing one area of silk can cause a lightening in just that spot. For moderate stains, especially ones in the middle of a pattern, wash the entire garment. Dark or unsightly stains should be taken to a dry cleaner.
- Hand wash silk clothes in cold water. Fill a clean sink or small tub with lukewarm water and a small amount of delicate-friendly liquid detergent. Lightly agitate for three to five minutes and rinse well. If the care label advises machine washing, choose a gentle, cold-water cycle.
- Handle with care. After rinsing, gently squeeze out excess water. Never twist or wring out silk garments; doing so can damage the fabric.
- Avoid the dryer. Lay wet silk clothing flat onto a clean, absorbent towel and roll it up in the towel to rid excess moisture. Unroll and repeat using a second dry towel, then lay flat on a drying rack or dry towel.
- Check the care label for ironing instructions. If the fabric care label says the garment can be ironed, then you should use a low setting on your iron. And iron while garments are still slightly damp. Hang to dry on a padded hanger. Should the care label instruct otherwise, do not iron the item.