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Silk Knowledge Quiz - What Is Silk?

Many people don’t know the facts about silk and satin. After all, they are both smooth to the touch. They both are also shiny to look at, right? People love them both for their look and feel. So, what is the difference between Silk and Satin? Let's see what is real.

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1. Are silk and satin the same thing?

  • NOTE: The main difference is that Silk is a natural fabric and Satin is a wrap-dominated weaving technique. Silk is shiny from both sides but Satin has a glossy surface and dull back. Silk is the oldest fabric invented 12000 years ago in China but Satin was found in middle age. Silk is a stronger fabric than Satin. Silk can be hand washed but Satin sometimes needs dry clean.

2. Which of the following methods cannot identify silk?

  • NOTE: There are three ways suggested

    Perform a ring test.
    If the silk that you are planning to buy is not very heavy, this test is perfect! Genuine silk of lower ply can be easily threaded and pulled through a wedding ring because silk is naturally flexible and smooth. On the other hand, artificial silk would scrunch up and would be impossible to pull through.

    See if you can perform a burn test.
    This is perhaps the best and most definitive test to find genuine silk. You can take a few threads from the material and burn it with a flame. Genuine silk burns with smell of burnt hair. When you burn the edge of real silk fabric, the flame is invisible and it will stop burning as soon as the flame is removed. The ash produced hence, is black, crispy and brittle. It turns to powder when twisted in fingers. With the artificial silk, it is quite the opposite. When artificial silk is burnt, there is a flame and smell of plastic. No ash is produced. Needless to say, you might need to exercise caution with this step, due to its inherently dangerous nature.

    If you really need to know, consider a chemical test.
    Genuine silk dissolves in bleach (e.g. 5% sodium hydroxide solution), while artificial silk does not. This is the most scientific method that can completely distinguish silk and chemical fibers.

3. Which of the following is not an advantage of silk?

  • NOTE:Silk is a natural fabric that is made, believe it or not, from the cocoons of silkworms, which makes it strong and durable. The individual fibers are unwound from the cocoons, made into threads and then woven into cloth. While hard to produce, silk threads are made by literally thousands of worms, which makes it somewhat more expensive than other products. Silk is the oldest fabric that was discovered in China years ago. It is a royal fabric and was the choice of royal families in the old times. Now it is worldwide available for all and anyone can buy it but it cost a little much compared to other fabrics like satin, cotton, etc.

4. Do you know what 100% 6A mulberry silk is?

  • NOTE: To compare different silks, we first need to establish the basics; the things that make two different silks different. When choosing silks, these are the main differences you’ll notice between them:
    • Weight
    • Elasticity
    • Durability
    • Texture
    • Insulation
    • Aesthetic

    RPGSHOW choose 100% 6A mulberry silk, which is named for the mulberry leaves the uniquely bred silkworms feed on to produce all the silk products. This silk quality comes from a unique kind of silkworms, cultivated for over 5000 years. The careful breeding, strict diet, and attention to detail makes this the most sought-after silk in bedding, and arguably the finest silk in the world. If you’re willing to invest in the finer things in life, mulberry silk is what you should aim for.

5. Which of the following would you choose first when you are considering buying silk products?