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Pick Your Color, Weight and Weave of Silk - Over 20,000 Variations From Which to Choose

Fine Fabrics sources from the worlds' finest mills, one of which manufactures in the USA. Yes. It is true. The fabric industry is alive in the USA. Our favorite silk mill produces over 50,000 silk weaves, weights and colors. We are honored to feature and make available to you their creations at Fine Fabrics.

Solid colors of silk are available in over 150 weaves and weights (scroll down for a description of the most popular). For details and examples of these and many more solid silk variations, please take a look at our catalog of Silk Solid Color Details Most of the colors and weaves posted are available in all the colors, weights and all the weaves described here, and more! And, many coordinate with our collection of Silk Prints.

If the particular color/weave/weight variation you require is not listed, please contact us through the link or phone number above, as it is simply in line for posting.

Silk Weight: Momme (pronounced "mommy") - Although most fabrics are measured in thread count, silk is measured in momme weight, or mm. A silk's particular momme refers to the calculated weight of a piece of silk fabric when measured at a standard 100 yards long and 45 inches wide.

    Examples of the most popular weights and weaves of 100% silk (all of which are also available with a percentage of lycra for stretch) are:

    • 6 mm Silk Organza: Silk organza is a shear fabric, with body. You might say that it is stiff, except for the fact that it is so soft against the skin. It is used for wedding dresses, with light, airy, full skirts. Organza is also used for collars and puffy, full, shear sleeves. Its crispiness lends this fabric to pleating. We also use it as an interfacing for silk duoppioni.


    • 8 mm Silk Chiffon: Chiffon is a gossamer (shear) and lightweight fabric, with a soft drape. It floats, and works well when layered and for gathers and ruching.


    • 16 mm Silk Crepe de Chine: Crepe de Chine doesn't quite shine, it glistens. It is reminiscent of light weight vintage dresses or Hawaiian shirts. It is also frequently used for blouses and as a classic couture lining fabric.


    • 8 or 12 or 27 mm Silk Habotai aka China Silk: Popular in its natural state for specialized dying projects, eg., tie dying. 8 mm Silk Habotai or China Silk is used for lining, 12 mm is great for floaty, but not shear dresses, blouses or skirts, and 27 mm can be used for the same, but add pants to the mix.


    • 16 mm Silk Crepe de Chine: Crepe de Chine doesn't quite shine, it glistens. It is reminiscent of light weight vintage dresses, and most frequently used for blouses and as a classic couture lining fabric.


    • 16-19 mm Silk Georgette: A favorite for summer dresses or blouses. Not quite as shear as chiffon, but may still need to be lined. We use double layers for a dresses that feel like you are wearing nothing, but drape with casual elegance. We use this fabric for dresses, blouses, loose fitting pants or skirts and lining.


    • 19 mm Silk Charmeuse: A satin faced fabric. It defines silk. It's soft, it's glamorous, alluring, and shines with the light. The manner in which it accentuates your style exudes confident femininity. 19 momme is often used as an elegant lining, or for lingerie or blouses.


    • 30 mm Heavy Silk Charmeuse: 30 momme silk charmeuse is less curve revealing, and might be used for a heavy coat lining, a dress, skirt, pants or what some are saying is anti-aging fine bedding.


    • 34 mm Silk Duoppioni: This is a crisp suit weight, with intermittent slubs, the Italian style duoppioni that makes me think of jacketed ladies, with tiny waists, accented by a thin belt, with peplum folds draping over a pencil skirt. This is also a fabulous choice to sew into a high fashion couture dress or sheath.


    • 40 mm 4-ply Silk or Satin Back Crepe:These have an elegant drape, without cling, that falls off the hips and swings around the hem. The difference between the 2 is that 4-ply is all crepe weave, and the satin back has crepe on the one side and a satin weave on the other, which works well if looking to play the 2 textures off one another.


    For details and examples of these and many more solid silk variations, please take a look at our catalog of Silk Solid Color Details Most of the colors and weaves posted there are available in all the colors and all the weaves described here, and more!