There are many types of silks. Listed below are a few of the more popular ones found in the US. To assess a silk one needs to consider three factors. They are: Silk Type, Silk Weight, and Silk Weave. Silks of the same type might have different characteristics because of different weights or weaves.
||same as China Silk except heavier; wrinkles less; good for shirts
||medium (10 mm) up
||a soft plain wave fabric made with twisted yarns
||Sheer – Light to Medium
|China Silk, Fuji Silk
||Spun Silk, best for lining and crafts; inexpensive, often called washable silk, wrinkles
||8 mm up (light)
|Crepe de Chine
||Popular for clothing; lustrous fabric; superior drape; made from twisted yarns
||14 mm popular but inferior; 16 mm is good blouse weight, heavier available
||plain weave; sheer silk made of tightly twisted, fine yarns; use for interfacing, veils, under gowns
||crepe backed satin; rich luster; drapes beautifully
||medium; 16 or higher
||a variation of tussah; slight rib and texture; inexpensive
||light weight; traditional summer fabric
||Jacquard design often with metallic thread, usually contains some rayon; good for jackets
||hand woven is best; crisp fabric that rustles
||medium to heavy weight
||slubbed silk, duppioni yarns
||many weights from light to suit
||pile fabric often containing some rayon; gorgeous drape
||medium to heavy
|Peu de Soie
||skin of silk; satiny face
||jacquard woven silk of elaborate patterns
||light to medium
|Noil (raw silk)
||spun silk with nubby texture; appearance of soft cotton or wool; easy care, wrinkle resistant; travel well
||medium to heavy
|Tussah (wild silk)
||wild silk, generally from India, loosely woven
||heavy, nice for suiting
||see: China Silk, Fuji Silk above
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