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Do I have to pay duties & taxes on my order?

Our parcels are sent from our Hong Kong warehouse. Any customs or import duties are charged once the parcel reaches its destination country. You may be charged for handling fees and taxes as your order passes through customs. These charges must be paid by the recipient of the parcel.

Unfortunately, we have no control over these charges, and cannot tell you what the cost would be, as customs policies and import duties vary widely from country to country.

It might be a good idea to contact your local customs office for current charges before you order, so you are not surprised by charges you were not expecting. Grana is not responsible for any customs and import duty charges.

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chinese silk

through the eyes of Abdela Igmirien

Our friend Abdela Igmirien(@igmirien) explored the ancient water city of Huzhou, China to join our silk on the journey of its origins. What Abdela found was a peaceful, traditional city set close to the river delta. A city that still preserves its original canals and boats used to transport goods and people. With teashops on teashops and Huzhou’s deep silk roots, it’s clear that this is a city with a rich legacy.

Chinese Silk image
Chinese Silk image
Chinese Silk image

Easy, breezy, beautiful silk originated in ancient China and for a long, long time (we’re talking centuries) the fabric remained exclusive, reserved only for royalty and nobility. The Chinese closely guarded the secrets of their laborious craft until the opening of the Silk Road, which eventually trickled the craft to the rest of the world. Today, the best is still made by artisans in Huzhou, known as the ‘City of Silk’, using secret methods honed over generations.

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“Today, the best silk is still made by artisans in Huzhou, known as the ‘City of Silk’, using secret methods honed over generations.”
Chinese Silk image
Chinese Silk image
Chinese Silk image
Chinese Silk image

Delicate materials call for a delicate touch, and with our silk we also prefer a meticulous eye. It’s lucky that our silk mill shares our passion for quality. This is why the experts at our mill carefully spin our silk into an extra strong 2-ply yarn before it’s tightly woven for additional strength.

Chinese Silk image
Chinese Silk image
Chinese Silk image
“The experts at our mill carefully spin our silk into an extra strong 2-ply yarn before it’s tightly woven for additional strength.”
Chinese Silk image

Once we have the woven fabric, it’s time for dyeing and washing. For our Crepe de Chine silk’s subtle lustre, we’ve perfected the art of sand washing. We came up with a custom blend of special small stones. This special mix is what achieves our perfect balance of not too shiny, but not too matte. Then, each piece is carefully hand cut and put together individually. Finally, we leave you with a delicate yet deceivingly strong garment that goes far beyond the season.

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Follow our journey and show us yours.

Explore Our World

5 fabrics. 4 travellers. 5 locations. Untold adventures. We’ve partnered with our friends at Passion Passport,
to show you the stories of where our fabrics are born. Explore the stories below.

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