What Are Some Things That Can Be Made From Silk?

Silk is an ancient fabric that has been around for thousands of years. Silk fabric can be used for various products.

All About The Luxury Fabric Silk
All About The Luxury Fabric Silk

Silk has long been used in the fashion industry for everything from silk garments to silk underwear. Silk has also been used for home decor, from silk pillows to silk curtains and comforters. At one time, silk was used for parachutes and gun powder bags. Today silk is being used on tubular bike tires.

Below are some of the ways that silk can be used.

Silk Fabric And The Fashion Industry

When most people think about silk, they think about silk for the fashion or garment industry. This is because silk has long been a luxury fabric used for high-end production for style.

Silk Products

Here are some ways that silk is used in the fashion industry:

  • Silk Shirts
  • Silk Ties
  • Silk Blouses
  • Silk Dresses
  • Silk Formalwear
  • Lingerie
  • Silk Robes
  • Silk Pajamas
  • Silk Kimonos or other traditional clothes
  • Silk Suits
  • Silk Jackets
  • Silk Shoes and slippers
  • Silk Eyeshades and sleep masks
  • Silk Scarves and handkerchiefs
  • Silk Bags, including shoulder bags, purses, and other bags
  • Silk Hats and hair accessories
  • Silk Underwear

These are all things we have seen or have sold in silk. Silk is a fabric that can be used to make any fashion item. Often, silk threads are used to embroider a design on a piece of silk garments; we call this silk-on silk embroidery.

Silk Fabric And The Home Decor Industry

For a long time, silk has been used in the home decor industry and been used for decorating. 

Here are some ways that silk is used in the home decor industry:

  • Silk Pillows or cushions
  • Silk Wall hangings (In Vietnam, they embroider silk for wall hangings)
  • Silk Quilts and comforters.
  • Silk Sheets, pillowcases, and comforters.
  • Silk Lampshades and lamps
  • Silk Tablecloths, table runners, and tableware
  • Silk as upholstery fabric
  • Silk Curtains
  • Silk Blankets
  • Silk Wallcoverings
  • Silk Timmings, tassels, and other home decor accessories and trimmings
  • Silk Jewelry and other boxes.

As you can see from this list silk has many ways to be used in the home. There are many ways that silk fabric can be used for home decor or part of the home. For centuries silk has been used as home decor and home decoration.

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Jim Thompson Silk – Surawong Road, Bangkok, Thailand

Some of Jim Thompson Silk Products

One of my fabric silk collections has long been the Jim Thompson silk collection in Bangkok, Thailand. In the 1950s, Jim Thompson opened up his first silk shop in Bangkok.

It was Jim Thompson who, in 1947, found an enclave of Thai weavers who lived in a community called Ban Krua in the heart of Bangkok. He started to revive the silk industry as he sent his designs and unique weaves to some fashion houses in New York City.

By the 1950s, he had opened his first exclusive silk shop in Bangkok on Surawong Road. For many years under his unique eye and guidance, the shop thrived.

Sadly in 1967, while on holiday to Cameron Highland in Malaysia, Jim Thompson mysteriously disappeared. His disappearance resulted in an extensive search party of over 400 men, but his body and remains have never been found and the mystery of his death and disappearance remains.

Today when you think of silk for fashion and home decor, many think of Jim Thompson’s name. His legacy, designs, patterns, and great sense of color continue today as the hallmark of the Jim Thompson collection, known worldwide as a premier silk fashion house.

If you visit Bangkok, Thailand, you can see the leading Jim Thompson shop on Surawong Road. Jim Thompson also left a legacy with a Thai-style house filled with artifacts and antiques that you can also visit and find out more about him by clicking here. Next to the Jim Thompson House is also a Jim Thompson art center.

You can watch our Youtube video to learn more about Silk,

Other Interesting Uses of Silk

Besides these uses, silk has been or is now being used in many different ways. Some of these are unique ways that silk has been used:

Silk Parachutes

As silk was considered so strong and versatile, silk was used as a parachute fabric—the reason why silk was used was that it was deemed to be lightweight and robust. Today the most common material for parachutes is nylon.

Gun Powder Bags

In the past, silk was used to hold some gun powder. The silk was considered solid and lightweight, making sense to use the silk bags.

The silk bags would also protect the gun powder from rubbing and exploding due to friction. The silk bags helped separate the gun powder and lessen this risk.

Silk Tubular Bike Tires

Recently, one of the more exciting uses of silk has been in the silk casing for high-end track tubular tires. Today many riders say they prefer the silk tubular tires for their bike rides are a lot smoother with the silk tubular than the cotton ones.

Silk is a highly versatile material and is known to have many uses even today. Though it continues to be used in the fashion and home industry, silk is even used in bicycle road racing.

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What Fabric Is More Expensive: Silk, Polyester, Or Viscose?

When looking at silk, polyester, and viscose, silk is the most expensive fabric because of how silk is produced. Producing silk fiber is highly labor-intensive. Viscose is more expensive than polyester but is cheaper than silk. Polyester is the cheapest but is also a synthetic fiber widely used worldwide.

You can discover more by reading our blog, What Fabric Is More Expensive: Silk, Polyester, Or Viscose? by clicking here.

Anita Hummel

Hi, I am Anita Hummel. I am the President of Mondoro. I am passionate about helping you CREATE, DEVELOP, and MANUFACTURE home decor and home furnishing products. I am also an avid blogger with a love of travel and riding my motorcycle around the streets of Hanoi, Vietnam.

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