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.
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.
“Today, the best silk is still made by artisans in Huzhou, known as the ‘City of Silk’, using secret methods honed over generations.”
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.
“The experts at our mill carefully spin our silk into an extra strong 2-ply yarn before it’s tightly woven for additional strength.”
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.