Taking a cue from Gardenville, I ordered some silk and did some
sewing this past weekend. Here are some random observations:
1. Silk is very light and easy to sew.
2. Gardenville used 8mm silk for his hammock and had good
durability. I ordered the 10mm. It seems fairly thin, but then
again, so is ripstop nylon. I'll let you know how it holds up, but
expect no problems.
3. I built a replacement bag for my 'bag-o-feathers' under
insulation using 5mm silk. The silk bag weighs about 2.5 ounces and
I have about 10 ounces of feathers in there. In the silk bag it
lofts beautifully; HOWEVER, the 5mm silk allows small feathers to
work through. I'll have to see how big a problem that is. I get
about 3" of loft across a 33" x 60" surface. If you decide to try
this, plan on going to the 8mm fabric.
4. I ordered some 3.5mm silk gauze for the bug screen, but didn't
sew it in as an integral part of the hammock (at least along one
edge). I'm going to try a ridgeline style deployment, but the
fabric is only 36" wide, so I might have to buy more material.
5. Here is Gardenville's source, which I used too:
I used the 10mm (021J), the 3.5mm gauze (024N), and the 5mm (021F).
They call it Habotai silk, and you can just enter these codes into
their "Quick Order" block. Good luck.