Linen and silk are both derived from natural fibres and are traditionally associated with high-quality, luxury fabrics, although today they are becoming much more competitive in price.
Linen is produced from the fibres of the flax plant, while silk is woven from the silken threads that are spun by the silkworm. Both these fabrics are available in a variety of weights and qualities and can be woven together to produce linen-and-silk and can be woven together to product linen and silk mixes. Linen is cool and highly absorbent, making it a particularly comfortable fabric to wear in hot climates. It take colour well but may crease easily, so it is often mixed with other fibres, such as cotton, to increase crease resistance. Silk is available as a mix, or in its pure form, in which it is woven in varying weights.
Here are some of the many types of linen & silk fabrics:
This type of linen is a strong, absorbent fabric with a crisp finish. It crease easily but is comfortable to wear. It is often used for shirts, skirts, and jackets.
This is a fine, sheer, lightweight fabric with a plain weave. It drapes well, forms tucks better than gathers, and is used mainly for handkershiefs, lingerie, and blouses.
This raw silk is made from the waste created druing spinning. It has small fleckes of cocoon woven in with other fibres. It is used mainly for dresses and blouses.
In a silk and wool mix the wool adds softness and body to the silk, while the silk adds lustre to the wool. The fabric is used mainly for suits and jackets.
A soft and lightweight fabric, this has the lustre and drape of silk, but with a cotton weave, it is often used for bluses and dresses.
In this mix the linene crispness is softened by silk, forming a shinny, dense fabric. It is easy to handle and is used mainly for suits, skirst dress, and trousers.
This silk has a smooth, lustrous surface and is available in different weights. It is often striped and is generally use for dresses, jackets, and evening wear.
A smooth, crisp, plain weave silk fabric, taffeta has fine ribbing and a lustrous finish. It creases easily. It is used mainly for dresses, jackets, and bridal and evening wear.
This is a very fine, transparent, stiff, plain weave fabric. It is often used for trims, collars, facings, and fabric flowers, as well as for evening and bridal wear.
This is a silk that has been washed in fabric softerners to make it soft and slightly fad in appearance. It drapes well and is used mainly for shirts and dresses.
A mediumweight, smooth silk fabric, cre de chine drapes well. If bias cut, it gives extra drape to evening wear. It is also used for blouses and lingerie.
This textured fabric is treated with an acid, which burns away the nap to reveal a pattern. It has a luxurious feel and is used mainly for evening wear.
An open-weave, sheer silk fabric, chiffon is made from tightly twisted yarns. It drapes well and is commonly used for evening wear, blouses, and lingerie.
This silk is a soft cloth that originated in Japan. It is available in several weights and is used mainly for dresses, blouses, and jackets, and for lignin garments.
Made from double strands of silk, dupion has an uneven surface. It edges tend to fray. It is generally used for dresses, jackets and evening and bridal wear.
A loosely woven, sheer fabric with highly twisted yarns, georgette is often used for buses, dresses, and evenings wear. It is also produced as polyester.
Woven from irregular yarns, shantung is a mediumweight, plain weave silk fabric with a rough texture. It is used mainly for shirts, dresses, and trousers.