Fabric: silk purity test, see this article for more information...

 
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Silk is an essential part of every auspicious occasion like weddings, festivals, and ceremonies in our country. That's why the demand for silk is also high. It is noteworthy that India is the largest consumer and the second-largest producer of silk.

 

This high demand for silk has also given rise to incidents of distortions and adulteration in its value chain. Fabric made of a mixture of similar-looking fibers like nylon, rayon, polyester, etc. is sold as pure silk whose cost is only 10% of the cost of pure silk. At the same time, it is very difficult for consumers to find out the difference between these adulterated and pure silks because it looks exactly like pure silk.

 

That is why it is important for all of us to know how to test the purity of silk. The easiest of the silk purity tests is the Flame Test. With this, it is very easy and quick to know whether the fiber is pure silk or not.

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In this test, take out some threads from the edge of the silk cloth and burn them from the ends. Different fiber threads burn differently. Silk burns slowly and leaves a black residue, which crumbles easily with fingers and smells like burnt hair. Whereas cotton or rayon burns continuously and emits white ash with the burning smell of paper. On the other hand, talking about nylon or polyester burns fast and melts like plastic, due to which hard unbreakable beads are formed.

There is another easy way to find out the purity of silk. Whenever you buy silk, make sure it is always labeled Silk Mark – The Silk Mark Label is your only assurance of pure silk.

Find your nearest Silk Mark Authorized Store: www.silkmarkindia.com/index.php/customsearch

For more details please visit this website – www.silkmarkindia.com

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Take care of silk clothes like this

Silk is priceless and for many people, silk sarees or other clothes have sentimental value as well. Some memory or the other remains attached to it. Hence, it becomes extremely important to know how to take care of silk sarees or other garments.

  • It is always recommended to dry clean silk as there is no certainty about the colors used
  • If ever silk is washed in water, it is important that only a good neutral soap is used for it and washed in lukewarm water.
  • After washing gently squeeze the cloth to remove the water
  • Always dry the silk on a flat surface instead of hanging it in the shade.
  • Use low to medium heat while pressing
  • Always press with the silk facing down
  • Never spray water to wet the silk before pressing as this may result in water stains on the fabric
  • Never wash stains and spots with water, rather give it for dry cleaning
  • Use only cotton bags instead of plastic covers to store silk clothes and keep them in a clean and dry environment

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  • Never have direct contact with wood when storing silk
  • Keep silk away from insects, dust, excessive moisture, and sunlight
  • Periodically (every 3 to 6 months) expose the silk to fresh air and store it by turning the folds upside down
  • Wrap silk sarees in a cotton cloth or brown paper to prevent the blackening of zari in silk
  • To store keep the silica gel pouch with the silk clothing.