Silks are produced by the silkworms which are fed from the mulberry leaves (hence its name). In order to gain silk from silkworms , we feed them with mulberry leaves for months. After they complete their life-cycle, they produce cocoons which are used to make silk fabric. It takes approximately 3,000 cocoons to produce half a kilo of silk. Silk is generally used for clothing such as silk nighties, blouses, dresses and ties, but it can also be used to make silk bed sheets and silk curtains.
Advantages of Silk
- Lightweight, Soft, Smooth
- Drapes well
- Dyes and prints well
- Bright and Colorful
- Resists soil, mildew, and moths
Disadvantages of Silk
- Stains with water
- Yellows with age
- Weakened by perspiration, sun, soap
- Needs special care, dry cleaning
- Easy to wrinkle, love to stick on skin, but not burly, easy to fade
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