Caring For Shambala (TJN)

Shambala, aka TJN, is composed of three distinct kinds of silk yarn: Tussah, Jitta, and Noil.  This allows the fabric to take on a tri-toned appearance, as each kind of yarn absorbs color dyes slightly differently.  The result is a subtle-but-gorgeous organic-looking silk that is very unique.  Shambala has a moderately gentle drape that maintains a soft silhouette of the garment.  It may be lightly tucked, pleated or gathered, but too much fabric creates bulk.  This fabric resists wrinkles and travels well, but is not as strong as other silks and is not as long-wearing.  Use to make fitted, semi-fitted or loose-fitting styles of skirts, shorts, slacks, dresses, lightweight suits and casual jackets.  Drycleaning is strongly recommended. 

What to expect with Shambala:
  • easy to cut out
  • reversible; both sides of the fabric look the same
  • difficult to tear
  • may unravel
  • less durable than other silks
  • wears evenly
  • attracts static
  • holds its shape
  • resists wrinkles
  • may pill
  • water drops leave spots or marks

Suggested care:
  • dryclean only
  • press dry fabric
  • dry iron
  • may bleed or shrink slightly
Sewing rating (easy to hard): easy
Suggested clothing fit: fitted, semi-fitted, or loose-fitting
Suggested styles: unpressed pleats and tucks; full gathers; tailored; shaped with seams to eliminate bulk; lined; unlined; loose and full

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.