Assorted Silks Give You A Variety Of Styles:
Charmeuse silk is a luxury fabric made from silk with a satin finish. It has a floating appearance which drapes very well. It is also extremely lightweight and has a glossy appearance and extremely soft texture.
In a satin weave, the fabric is woven in such a way that, from the front, only the warp threads show. Numerous weft threads are also skipped in weaving, creating long, smooth lines of warp threads. It flows well on the body and catches light in stunning patterns.
Chiffon silk tends to be sheer, with a faint shimmer and a simple weave. When held up to the light, chiffon strongly resembles closely woven netting. The fabric drapes well and can add a floaty appearance. It is also notoriously difficult to work with because of its slippery texture.
Chiffon is surprisingly strong for its weight. It is used to make "georgette," sometimes called crepe, a thicker and more opaque fabric that drapes and behaves like chiffon.
Crepe de Chine
Crepe de Chine is French for crepe from China. Best known for its unmatched versatility, this lustrous material consists of a delicate texture with a graceful drape. Durable, yet gentle, crepe de chine is one of the more luxurious silks with a very soft hand.
Habotai silk, from the Japanese for “soft as down,” is a lustrous, lightweight plain weave silk fabric. Often referred to as "China silk," it is light as a feather. It possesses the same shine and silken feel of its heavier cousins. Silk habotai fabric is several steps above inferior polyesters which may confusingly carry the “China silk” moniker as well.
Habotai is often found in anything that calls for a very light, silken feel, including summer blouses, lingerie and bedding. Habotai is also very well-known as a fantastic surface for painting.
Organza is a very sheer, crisp fabric that is strong and durable with a firm hand and a flat, smooth texture. It is woven by a number of mills along the Yangtze River and in the province of Zhejiang in China. A coarser silk organza is woven in the Bangalore area of India. Deluxe silk organzas are woven in France and Italy.
Silk velvet fabric is a blend of silk and rayon, usually 14% to 18% silk with the balance being rayon. A 100% silk velvet fabric, rarely seen, would be extraordinarily expensive. Velvet is a pile fabric made by cutting the warp yarns lengthwise. (Warps are long threads that are stretched on the loom and secured.)
This material is a very high grade polyester that has the rich feeling of silk. The fabric is occasionally used for styles that require pleats to remain in place without flattening.