Dupioni Silk • Dupion Silk
An elegant fabric woven with
slubbed yarns of dupioni silk. This type of
silk is used in a number of fabrics, but the
classic dupioni silk cloth is made with a tight
plain weave, fine warp yarns and heavier, slubbed
filling yarns that form prominent, irregular
crosswise ribs. Dupioni has a crisp, scrunchy
hand, a rough, uneven texture and a dull luster.
It is usually dyed brilliant colors and is
often iridescent or plaid, but it may also
be natural in color or bleached white.
Dupioni Silk (meaning double) is produced when two or more silkworms spin their cocoons closely together. These slightly tangled cocoons produce filament that is rough, uneven and not as strong as cultivated silk. It is usually reeled and used to make fine or heavy yarns with pronounced irregular slubs at random intervals. Dupioni silk usually comes from cultivated, rather than wild, silkworms because their living quarters are more crowded, increasing their chances of tangling the cocoons. Like cultivated silk, dupioni is easy to dye, so fabrics are often brightly colored.