Sustainability Brochure - Flipbook - Page 15
Our affinity with silk is deeply rooted in the origins and heritage of the business and still 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 lustre for thousands of years and 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 giving great natural
fire-retardancy without the application of chemicals. It is also biodegradable in both sea
Mulberry silk is a natural protein fibre obtained from the cocoons of the larvae of the
mulberry silkworm, Bombyx mori.
We purchase only the highest quality silk from China. The threads are unravelled from the
cocoons, before being shipped by sea to Europe. The thread produced from each silk
cocoon will measure between 1km and 1 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 at SSM, or dyed by Italian dyehouses before shipping