Results 1 to 3 of 3
  1. #1
    Senior Member bdbart's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Gulfport, MS

    Silk: Dupioni or Habotai???

    Well, I know a few people on HF have successfully made a hammock out of habotai silk fabric.....Has anyone made one out of dupioni silk???

    Any fabric guru's out there??

    The only difference that I can tell is that the dupioni silk has 'slubs' that run horizontally across the fabric. I guess that this helps the fabric drape?? more lustrous??

    They are both soft, sheen lustrous, and drape well.

    I wanted to make an indoor home hammock and have a silk sheet to match it. Are there any differences about the two silk fabrics in these applications??

    I have found these definitions

    Dupioni Silk
    A crisp fabric with irregular slubs. It is perfect for tailored slimmer silhouettes like flat-front trousers, jackets and fitted blouses and dresses. Silk Dupioni can be machine washed in the gentle cycle and drip-dried.
    Description: Dupioni silk fabric has a lustrous sheen and characteristic small slubs that run horizontally across the fabric. It falls in soft folds when draped and is the most versatile fabric we carry. Not only do many brides choose dupioni silk fabric for themselves and their bridesmaids, it is also perfect for blouses, jackets, skirts, handbags and dresses. Be creative with beautiful home decor accents (draperies, swags, pillows and duvet covers).

    A soft, lightweight silk fabric, is heavier than China silk.
    Description: This elegantly beautiful silk habotai fabric is ultra soft, has a beautiful drape, lustrous sheen and smooth and silky hand that feels wonderful against the skin. This flowing fabric is perfect for scarfs, linings, shawls, special occasion apparel, blouses and lingerie.
    My memory's not as sharp as it used to be. Also, my memory's not as sharp as it used to be.

  2. #2
    Senior Member TeeDee's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    DIY Bridge
    DIY 10'x11'
    Whoopie Slings
    An additional questions:

    1. does any one know the weight/sq yard of the silk used?
    2. does silk have any stretch? Say compared to nylon?
    Those who sacrifice freedom for safety, have neither.

    Do not dig your grave with your teeth. (Unknown)

  3. #3
    Senior Member Ramblinrev's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Milton, PA
    Hennessey Explorer Ultralight
    Hennessey Hex
    HH Super Shelter
    ring buckle
    If I understand correctly the silk fiber has no stretch whatever. Size cross-section it is supposed to be stronger than steel. The stretch for the fabric is going to depend on all the usual indicators. Silk knits will stretch, for hosiery and such. Tightly woven silk will not, except on the bias of course. Silk is a very strong stable lightweight fabric.

    The slubs are mostly decorative I would think. They are a result of the way the fibers are processed in the spinning stage. You might find them annoying on the skin, but never having used that kind of silk for bedding I have no real life experience with it. It could be really gorgeous.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

    "Bless you child, when you set out to thread a needle don't hold the thread still and fetch the needle up to it; hold the needle still and poke the thread at it; that's the way a woman most always does, but a man always does t'other way."
    Mrs. Loftus to Huck Finn

    We Don't Sew... We Make Gear! video series

    Important thread injector guidelines especially for Newbies

    Bobbin Tension - A Personal Viewpoint

Similar Threads

  1. Does a silk liner do anything?
    By Macchina in forum Top Insulation
    Replies: 18
    Last Post: 06-25-2011, 12:24
  2. Silk for a top quilt
    By Dutch in forum Fabrics
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 08-09-2010, 07:39
  3. Silk Liners
    By Breck in forum Top Insulation
    Replies: 20
    Last Post: 06-17-2010, 18:31
  4. Silk
    By Trooper in forum Fabrics
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: 01-05-2010, 12:28
  5. silk??
    By warbonnetguy in forum Fabrics
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 04-11-2009, 14:47

Tags for this Thread


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts