Re: Custom Thai Silk Site- My Experience
- Ohio, Lady Solveig,
I bought about 11 yards or so in 2006 for my wedding, so my memory is a
bit foggy, but I knew I wanted a sturdy weight to the fabric so I went
with the 4-ply weight, which was perfect. I imagine the 2-ply would be
a good chemise or scarf-weight fabric and the seller advised me that it
is a little see-through.
I sent the seller a scan of the trim I wanted to match and he sent me
scans of thread colors his weaver would use. I approved and he sent me
a scan of a swatch of the finished fabric (there is no going back once
the fabric is woven, so choose your colors carefully). I had pictured a
more visible difference between the two color threads when woven (sky
blue and green-ish turquoise), but because they are so fine, the colors
seemed to blend. You can tell a slight depth of color when the light
hits the fabric from different directions and when our outfits were
finally assembled, I was really happy with this subtle iridescence
instead of the "carnival of color" I had pictured in my head.
The fabric arrived unwashed (as I had been warned). I had bought 3
extra yards to make up for shrinkage (probably only needed 2, but it was
my first fancy garb so I needed the fudging room anyway). 11 yards is a
lot to wash at once (gentle cycle) in the machine. They didn't get
rinsed properly and some subtle water stains remain. It might have been
a good idea to take the wad to a commercial Laundromat.
It was also tricky to find a good spot to hang 11 yards to dry.
Fortunately, we had a renter move out during this time and I monopolized
the closet hanging rod in that spare room for this purpose. I shifted
the loose rolls of fabric every 8 hours to make sure no bleeding dye
rested in one spot (there was VERY little bleeding, quite pleased with
The fabric was very high quality in my opinion, with no slubs or spots.
I only wish I had the budget to make all my garb from their materials.
Please feel free to email me with any other questions regarding their
service. I don't know anyone else who has used this company, but I
certainly recommend them.
Greetings from Solveig! I checked out the Tai Silk site, and their offer
to mix warp and woof (sp) threads in weaving fabric is very intriguing.
However, I do not know anything about the type of weave, the density,
or the weight of the fabric. Can anyone who has experience with this
fabric comment upon it further. Thank you very much!
Your Humble Servant
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