Caring For Dupioni
Dupioni has a moderately crisp drape that falls into wide cones. It can
be lightly gathered into a lofty fullness, but too much fabric creates
bulk. Fabric is sturdy and substantial, so choose semi-fitted or
loose-fitting styles to make blouses, dresses, skirts and lightweight
suits. Drycleaning is strongly recommended.
What to expect with Dupioni:
- easy to cut
- both sides of the fabric look the same
- does not stretch
- pins and sewing needles leave holes
- won't hold a crease
- fabric is subject to abrasion
- holds its shape
- resists wrinkles
- stains will occur from contact with water drops and perspiration
- dryclean only
- press dry fabric
- dry iron
- iron on the wrong side
Sewing rating (easy to hard): average
Suggested clothing fit: semi-fitted or loose-fitting
Suggested styles: full and lofty gathers; tailored; shaped with seams to eliminate bulk; lined; puffed or bouffant
Silk is regarded as nature's most perfect fiber, but even perfection has its limitations:
and agitation - Silk's smooth surface does not attract dirt and is
easily cleaned, but silk can be damaged by most laundry detergents -
so always dry clean your silk. Silk loses strength when wet, so do not
wring or agitate.
- Bleach - Silk is easily damaged by strong
bleaches that contain sodium hypochlorite.
- Heat and light - Silk is sensitive to heat and begins to decompose at 330 degrees fahrenheit. Use a warm (not hot) iron.
- Mildew and moths - Silk will not mildew except in extreme conditions. Moths don't care for it, but carpet beetles do.
- Perspiration causes silk to deteriorate and affects the color,
causing staining. Any silk worn next to the skin should be cleaned