Silk is a natural fiber used in the production of silk textiles. It is produced by the mulberry silkworm, when they form their cocoons. These silk fibers of the cocoon are then unraveled as one continuous fiber, spun into silk thread, then woven into silk fabric. The fabric produced has a distractive shimmering effect. This is due to the triangular prism-like structure of the silk fibers, which refract incoming light at different angles, thus producing different colors.
Silk can absorb water, making it comfortable to wear in the summer. It also has insulation properties which make it suitable for wearing during cold weather.
Silk fabric is an innovation originating in ancient China around the 3000’s BC. Today, we at Casa de Novelas use silk, as part of a blended fabrics. For instance our Guabello wool/linen/silks and our wool/silk blended fabrics. These blended fabrics can bring out some of the best characteristics of Silk, for instance its shine and luster, while blending with another fabric such as wool which has a nicer drape. In this way the best characteristics of both fibers is preserved.