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
  • reversible
  • 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

Suggested care:
  • 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’s Limitations:
Silk is regarded as nature's most perfect fiber, but even perfection has its limitations:
  • Soap 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 - Perspiration causes silk to deteriorate and affects the color, causing staining.  Any silk worn next to the skin should be cleaned frequently.