We make our LuLuwrap from silk chiffon, a fabric that is airy, sheer and lightweight. Ironically, it comes from a French word for a rag, which would be an insult to our wraps!
Silk chiffon is considered a premium fabric because of its shimmer, smooth texture and its strength despite being very lightweight. It can also be dyed and printed in almost any color.
Why do we love silk? It's a natural fiber that requires less water than cotton. Silk does not require the use of pesticides or fertilizers to grow. It is biodegradable, breathable, and has a luxurious and smooth feel.
It is created by weaving silk yarns using an alternating method. High-twist yarns are used, which means the yarns are alternatively twisted, resulting in the gentle puckering of the fabric and creating a light crumpling effect in different directions. This also causes the slightly rough feel and stretch of the fabric. When you hold chiffon up to the light you can see a sheer mesh effect, which is caused by a criss-cross patterned weave.
Silk chiffon is notoriously difficult to work with because of the slippery nature of the fabric. It must be placed on a non-slip surface when being sewn or cut, to ensure the stitches are accurate, or placed between paper to hold the fabric in place. You must work very slowly with chiffon, because if it is stretched during production it can end up bunched together and ruin the stitch. The stitching on the final piece must be very neat.
Though it is lightweight, silk has considerable strength due to its manufacturing from natural silk fibers. The thinness of the material makes the fabric very cool to wear, not holding heat near the body. It’s also prized for its light appearance and for the way it hides body flaws.
Silk chiffon’s signature style is soft, natural, diaphanous and lightweight. It gives a sensation that can be described as floating - completely without stiffness. While wearing it you feel luxuriously sexy. The fabric follows your every move and you look free, easy and graceful. Because of its elegant and flowing appearance, it is a popular fabric used in scarves and wraps like the LuLuwrap. If you want the best, silk chiffon is definitely the right choice.
How to Clean your LuLuwrap
Since silk is delicate you want to clean it with care. Dry cleaning is recommended but you can still wash your silk, just follow this method. Hand wash in lukewarm water. Add a capful of mild liquid detergent. Swish the water and detergent until suds appear. Add the LuLuwrap and swirl it around in the water with your hands to clean it. Some dye might be released into the water, this will not affect how your LuLuwrap looks. Soak for 30 minutes. Rinse in a bowl of clean water or under running water. Keep rinsing until all soup bubbles disappear. Do not wring the fabric. Place it flat on a towel. Put a second towel on top of the chiffon and push down to press out excess water. Remove towel and let dry