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.
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.