What Are Characteristics of Silk?


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The characteristics of silk are that it's strong but has a soft and luxuriant hand, or feel. It is so elastic that if it's stretched a great deal, it can still return to its original shape. It is lightweight and can be warmer than cotton, linen or synthetic fabrics.

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What Are Characteristics of Silk?
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Silk also takes dyes well. The dyes in silk appear deeper, richer and more brilliant than dyes in other fabrics. It can also be ironed and is wrinkle-resistant.

Silk is used to make everything from fashionable clothing to bedclothes, upholstery, curtains, rugs, tapestry and hosiery. It is even used as filling for pillows and comforters.

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