Silk has long been associated with the luxuries in life, since ancient times. Many people own silk blouses, for they can wear it several times a week, paired with jeans, pants, skirts, or other separates.
China began to use silk from 3630 BC. Silk was originally reserved for the Chinese emperor and the highest nobility, but spread gradually through Chinese culture and trade both geographically and socially. China guarded their methods of producing silk for centuries.
How to Make Silk
- Feed silkworm with a special diet of mulberry leaves.
- Harvest cocoons.
- Classify cocoons according to quality.
- Extract filament.
- Unwound filament, and combine them to form a thread of raw silk.
- Weave silk to produce different types of silk fabrics.
Types of Silk Blouses
- Crepe de Chine: Smooth surface silk with a flat sheen
- Charmeuse: Heavier weight silk with smooth surface and shiny sheen
- Silk Satin: Medium weight silk with a shiny sheen
- Organza: Crisp, sheer silk with a stiff drape
How to Clean Silk Blouse
- Pour cool water into a sink or plastic tub.
- Add a few drops of shampoo or wool detergent and agitate the water to create suds.
- Soak the blouse in the soapy water less than 5 minutes.
- Gently rub
- Replace the soapy water with fresh, cool water, and then add one-fourth cup white vinegar.
- Submerge the blouse in the vinegar/water solution.
- Rinse the blouse under cool, running water thoroughly to remove soap.
- Place the blouse on a flat towel and roll it.
- Press it to absorb excess water.
- Place the blouse flat on another dry, terry-cloth towel to make it dry naturally.
Note: keep it out of direct sunlight.
How to Remove Wrinkle
When drying silk blouse, you can use a cool iron to iron a damp silk to remove its noticeable wrinkles. Always press the inside of the silk clothing, in order to avoid leaving any traces on the silk’s exterior surface. For stubborn wrinkles, you can place a pressing cloth on the blouse and iron it to create a perfectly pressed blouse.
How to Store Silk Blouse
- For blouses that are versatile, use rustproof plastic or wooden hangers to hang them in the closet.
- For longer-term storage of blouses, use a cotton bag to cover them while hanging or place them into acid – free tissue and boxes.
The closet should be cool and dry to prevent the formation of mold and mold on the clothes.
How to Park Silk Blouse
- Fold the sleeves crosswise across the front of the blouse.
- Roll the blouse together starting with the top of the blouse.
- Place it in a suitcase around other items.
Now, almost everyone can wear silk. However, we should properly care for our silk since it is a highly valuable and luxurious material. Use detergent and a neutralizer to gently clean silk.