Silk Chiffon

Chiffon is a fabric that is airy, sheer and lightweight. Ironically, it comes from a French word for a rag, which would be an insult to a nice chiffon dress! 

Silk chiffon has been available since the 1700’s throughout Europe, and was generally used to symbolize wealth and social standing. It’s considered a premium fabric because of its shimmer, smooth texture and its strength despite being very lightweight. It can also be dyed almost any color. 

Chiffon 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. To create a stunning final garment, the stitching must be very sleek and neat.

Silk chiffon’s signature style is soft, natural, diaphanous and lightweight. It is most commonly used to give an elegant and floating appearance, therefore it’s a popular fabric used in scarves and the LuLuwrap.The shimmer texture of silk makes the chiffon look more appealing. Though it is lightweight, the fabric 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 gives a sensation that can be described as floating - completely without stiffness, it just follows your every move and makes the movements of the wearer look free, easy and gentle.

If you want the best, silk chiffon fabric is definitely the choice for you. That’s why it is our fabric of choice for The LuLuwrap. Silk chiffon works its way into your innermost feelings and desires. It reminds you somewhere in the back of your mind that you may have been a ballerina or a trapeze artist or a sexy chanteuse slinking herway through the nightclub, every movement a dance with a blur of color.

 

 

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