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Latest Blog: New product — Silk Burlap

Posted Monday April 14, 2014 --
Photo by Jeffrey E. Lyon

Photo by Jeffrey E. Lyon

This rustic, elegant, and versatile silk burlap has been hand woven from naturally colored tussah silk thread in Orissa, India. It’s more pliable than regular jute burlap, but has plenty of weight (about 8 ounces per yard). Its drape increases after washing and drying. It works well for window and wall treatments, placemats, table runners, cushions, embroidery and fabric collage grounds, and even clothing (I’m planning to make a cut-on-the-bias winter skirt when time allows).

The cloth is woven from yarns that have a range of values (see photo at left), giving it a variegated and organic look up close — although it reads as medium tan from a distance. We are selling it in its natural color, and it does take both acid and MX dyes well. However, if you want bright, flat color, you won’t get it with this cloth. Once dyed, the variegated, off-brown ground results in colors that are muted and of slightly different values, producing soft hues with depth and dimension. The photo below is of a sample dyed in Dharma Trading’s Procion dye # (Scarlet). This sample was dyed, then washed in warm water and machine dried. For samples, please email me.

Photo by Jeffrey E. Lyon

Photo by Jeffrey E. Lyon

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