Silk Taffeta • Silk Fabric • Silk Taffeta Drapery
Silk taffeta is most commonly used for drapes and bridal gowns. The crisp hand of silk taffeta has limited its use in other kinds of apparel although it can be used in blouses with appropriate patterns. Fitted styles are best.
Taffetas have a high sheen and are similar in appearance to dupioni. However, they are made from a much finer yarn and have fewer slubs. The taffeta warp has 120 reeds per inch, each reed consisting of two yarns. The dupioni warp has only 100 single yarn reeds per inch. Taffeta also has more picks or weft yarns than dupioni.
Caring for Silk Taffeta
Typically, the recommended cleaning method for silk taffeta is dry cleaning. With dry cleaning, both the sheen and crispness of the taffeta are retained. Silk taffeta may be washed but will lose sheen and develop a softer drape.
Silk taffeta may be ironed, but we recommend avoiding the hottest settings. A high iron setting can result in yellowing or even burning. Best results are obtained using a steam iron and pressing cloth.
We show weight per square yard for all our silks. With the exception of dupioni,all weights
are expressed in both ounces and mommes.
1 ounce (oz) equals 7.54 mommes (mm).
For more information about mommes, visit our FAQ page.