The making of our silk shirt takes more than picking some colours and cuts. It’s an art form and we want to take you all the way from its first sketch, to when it lands on your body. Explore our Chinese Silk shirts.
Sketch it Out
A silk garment like others, begins its life as an idea sketched out. Yes, even with all of today’s modern technology our in-house designers still sketch their ideas before turning them into a technical drawing. Even after the sketch goes technical, the process of sketching can continue as the design develops.
Where your silk comes from says a lot about the quality of the product and the craft that’s gone into making it. That’s why our silk is spun, woven, cut and sewn at our factory in Huzhou, China. Huzhou has been dubbed ‘The City of Silk’ and has been in the silk game for over 4500 years – so they know know a thing or two when it comes to making the best.
The Right Weight
When it comes to making silk pieces, things work a little backwards. First we pick the style then we pick the type of silk that will best suit its design. Silk comes in different finishes and weights, like matted crepe de chine and the shinier georgette satin. Both are 100% silk but have different qualities that work better for different cuts. The weight and finish of silk can be adjusted during the process of making it. This is becasue silk comes from cocoons that are spun by silk worms, each cocoon can produce 600 to 900 meters of silky fibres. These fibres are then twisted together to produce individual silk threads which are woven into cloth.
Silk is woven into a raw silk fabric and then dyed before any cutting and sowing takes place. Our silk is expertly dyed in a dying tank using custom blended, certified eco dye. We dye our silk this way to insure that the carefully considered colour we picked, is the colour we get. After our silk is dyed, it’s then sand washed for its finish. The result, is silk that’s both lustrous and modern.
The Perfect Fit
To get the fit perfect we do rounds of fittings and take notes on how the shirt is shaping up. This process usually goes on for three rounds of sizing but we don’t stop until we’re 100% satisfied on the fit. While we’re working on ironing out the perfect fit, other aspects of the shirt are set in motion. Things like button sourcing and selecting final colours happen to keep things moving smoothly.
Once we’re happy with the size, we place an order for the number of units that we want made. However, even once those orders arrive in our warehouse we then quality check each batch. We check things like sizing, the fabric and quality of construction. This way we make sure that the top-quality shirt that you order, is the one that arrives.
Images by @igmirienfabrics / by Grana / 12.13.16