Silk is a natural protein fibre, some forms of which can be woven into textiles. The best-known type of silk is obtained from cocoons of silkworms. Silk is the strongest of natural fibres. It is breathable, naturally hypoallergenic, absorbs moisture, reduces humidity, is surprisingly cool in the summer, and remarkably warm in the winter. Silk retains its shape, drapes and forms well, and has an unmistakable sheen and feel. The shimmering appearance for which silk is prized comes from the fibres' triangular prism-like structure, which allows silk cloth to refract incoming light at different angles. Silk is naturally fire-retardant, making it a very safe material for children.

COLOUR STYLES
Colours: We currently have over 40 colours in this range for you to choose from. What makes our plain colours unique is our dyeing process. Items are dyed with a number of slight tonal variations, giving our products depth of colour unseen in conventional dying. Click here to view our Colour range.

Colour Blends: Blends are a combination of two or more colours to give a textured appearance in either medium or large effect. 

Pattern: A number of techniques come under this banner: The beautiful linear or symmetrical gradation of colours fading into the next, as well as tie-dyeing with circles and spirals. 

Tonal: A fade from one colour to another. 

CUSTOM ORDERS
Custom orders can be arranged. Custom orders can be in the form of special dyeing colour style, special sizes or pieces. Price and the approximate shipping time will be confirmed on enquiry. For further information, please click here.

THE DYES
Our dyes are Procion MX Dyes. They are low toxicity dyes. They give vibrant and durable colour to our silks. We use minimal chemicals to get your silk to you as naturally as possible! These dyes are commonly used in many beautiful tie dye tshirts and garments you see. We process them so they're quite stable. They launder well, have minimal discharge with no overall laundry distress, and are durable and colourfast. As we add some extra steps to finishing our product, we think you'll be pleased at how durable our dyeing quality is. We steam press each and every silk item, which helps to set the dyes more permanently for a better quality fabric.

A note about our naturally dyed products: We only use plant dyes that are very non-toxic, such as allium – onion dyes. Beware that plant dyes are not necessarily non-toxic, and cheap dyes can have heavy metals and other contaminants.

CARING FOR SILK

Silk will wear with time, but always retains its special movement and feel, always staying valuable. The better you care for it, the better it looks today and every day. It is forgiving and kind.

You may wash most of your silks on DELICATE in your washer, and LOW in your dryer. A mild detergent is preferred, and Wash on Cool. You can also hang them to dry. A quick tumble in the dryer will release wrinkle. If you have items that have lots of straps or could get twisted, we recommend a zippered laundry bag. You may STEAM IRON for any remaining wrinkles or for a fresh pressed look!

About caring for Rainbows – A Special Note
We don't recommend washing Rainbows with other laundry items, or leave them too long unattended. Due to their special nature of so many diverse and intense colours, they are prone to having more troubles so we caution you to take extra care of your Rainbows.

For more information on silk:
“Living with Silk” by Meagan K. Maloney
“Playing with Silk” by Meagan K. Maloney
“Our Silk Fabric” by Meagan K. Maloney
“Selecting our Silk Products” by Meagan K. Maloney