Silk is an animal fibre, derived from the cocoon produced by the silkworms and other lepidopters, which can provide protection during their metamorphosis.
Used in China as early as the dawn of time, most of the silk is produced today in Asian countries, while Italy, which owned several livestock and a thriving production until World War II, currently holds a niche production.
Silk is a very long fibre and for that, in addition of course to its scarcity, is very valuable. After the unwinding of the cocoon, the yarn of raw silk is treated in hot water, in order to improve the gloss, the weave and the resistance. From this treatment are derived “cooked silk” or “softened silk”, depending on the length of the process and the yarn to be obtained.
The silk threads can be twisted each other, to obtain a yarn thicker but equally valuable; alternatively the waste of the spinning process can be used, carded and spinned between them, to obtain a more irregular and less valuable thread respect to raw silk.
The Tussah silk is instead produced from the cocoons of wild silkworms, not bred, and for this reason is also called wild silk.
The silk fibre is very robust and resistant to deformation; the fabric that results is bright and incomparable fineness. It is a very good thermal insulator and keeps the heat in winter and cool during the summer. It absorbs moisture, but releases it slowly, so this remains wetter than linen, hemp and bamboo.
It is sensitive to sunlight exposition and to aggressive washes at high temperatures; the textile should be kept rolled up and not bent to avoid the fibres weakening along the folds.
The Tussah silk ,
compared to traditional silk, has an inimitable fineness, a high strength and an excellent recovery as a result of traction and prolonged use of the textile. It is an excellent
thermal insulator as well but additionally has high hygroscopic, that is it absorbs moisture well and released quickly, better than traditional silk.
WASHING INSTRUCTION FOR SILK CARRIERS
The baby carriers containing the silk fibre can be washed in a washing machine at 30 ° C, can be placed in the dryer and can be ironed at low temperatures (preferably when it is still wet).
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