I have searched long and hard for a good quality silk for my scarves. It’s not difficult to find good heavy weight silk. But as I discovered, it’s the thin, semi-transparent weight where it really shows, and the price is often not the determining factor. I have bought some more expensive silk and ended up not using it because it just wasn’t up to my standard.
What is the problem with lower quality lightweight silk? Silk fibre is quite strong, so breaking is not an issue. The trouble is when the silk fibres move as soon as you start handling it even lightly, therefore the weaving starts looking warped and uneven. You don’t notice it at first, but the more you handle it, the worse it gets, to the point you can eventually see it without looking at the scarf closely. This was not something I was going to accept so I looked until I found a quality I was confident enough to offer to my customers, and my supplier is also a UK company which is a great plus as well.
The lightweight silk will always be a bit more susceptible to this problem, therefore I will ALWAYS recommend handling it carefully. If you look after it well, it will last. Tying it in hard knots and untying it using your finger nails may not be the best idea – in this case it’s better to get a heavier weight silk that can take more beating.
Do get in touch if you have any questions, I am happy to help.