Sudbury Silk Mills Sustainability Brochure double page - Flipbook - Page 8
Our affinity with silk is deeply rooted in the origins and heritage of the business and it
remains one of our specialities today. Many of our fabrics are either pure silk or woven as
blends with other noble fibres.
Silk has been prized for its luxurious properties for thousands of years and it can be dyed to
create an incredible quality of colour. Silk’s natural prism structure makes it great at
reflecting light. It is also breathable, hypoallergenic and known for its thermal properties,
being cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
Silk is naturally self-extinguishing, which means it has excellent natural fire-retardant
properties without the application of chemicals. It is also biodegradable in both sea and land.
Mulberry silk is a natural protein fibre obtained from the cocoons of the larvae of the
Mulberry Silkworm, Bombyx mori. We buy only the highest quality silk from China. Before
being shipped by sea to Europe, the threads are unravelled from the cocoons, with each
producing up to an entire mile of filament silk.
The next stage of the process is to throw or twist, the yarn in Italy. The yarn is then either
shipped by road freight to be dyed here at Sudbury Silk Mills, or at exclusive dye houses in