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Know All about Art Silk

Are you planning to go for an evening party and looking to purchase something  affordable, yet beautiful? Don’t worry!  Art silk fabrics are appropriate for you!

What is Art Silk? Read on to find out more:

Art Silk or Artificial silk is any kind synthetic fiber which looks like silk but is definitely not silk.  It is made out of Rayon and involves very less production costs. Sometimes, when Art Silk is found made out of bamboo viscose, it is known as bamboo silk.

White Art Kanjivaram Saree With Blouse
White Art Kanjivaram Saree With Blouse

How did Art Silk come into existence?

Art Silk fabric was first  introduced in the year 1930 by Henry Ford, who had nothing to do with textile industry.  He had believed to hire chemists like Robert Boyer and Frank Calvert for producing artificial silk made out of soybean fibers. They successfully made textile fiber spun from the soya protein fibers, which were later processed into formaldehyde bath, known as Azlon.  This was used in making suits, felt hats and overcoats.

In 1940, however the pilot production of Azlon reached 5000 pounds. It could not reach the commercial market and DuPont’s nylon won the quest in producing artificial silk.

Nylon, although not sold in the name of art silk, was the first synthetic fiber, developed in the United States in the late 1930s. They abandoned Japanese Silk during World War II, and decided to use Nylon as a substitute for it. In fact, Nylon has qualities which are superior to rayon and silk when they are wet. Several military applications, such as parachutes were made out of Nylon. It may not look like a very good substitute for silk fabric, but it is a useful alternative for artificial silk. Within a very short span of time, Nylon became an extremely important industrial fiber, thereby permanently replacing silk in several ways.

The Present Scenario & Innovations

Artificial silk, because of its easy availability and enormous usage in the form of parachutes, umbrellas as well as the base material for clothes, has gained a lot of popularity among modern generation.  It is basically made out of rayon, mercerized cotton and polyester. Inspite of having similar appearance with silk, the properties of pure silk are different from artificial silk in many ways. This similarity is both a bane and boon for the industry because some ignorant consumers can be easily sold sub-standard type of silk.

Every user needs to test the silk to understand a fiber’s basic make up. These tests  include :

  • Rubbing the pile in the hand
  • Burning a small fringe and smelling the ash
  • Dissolving the pile with chemical.

Beautifully embroidered traditional sarees, salwar kameez and lehengas are made of artificial silk to make it cost effective and best suited occasions, which also makes it good for gifting purpose.

Well, who doesn’t want to look gorgeous at weddings and other traditional festivial ? Artificial  silk sarees are perfect for such functions. The zari work as well vibrant colours make sure that you do not trip wearing those heavy lehengas after a cocktail or two! You can easily team it up with a beautiful designer blouse, jumkis or lengthy earrings and clutch.

Now that you know why we’ve been obsessing over Art Silk fabrics or sarees  you’d want to sneak into our collection too. Also, we can totally help you out in choosing from the finest Art silk sarees at Indian Silk House Agencies.



3 thoughts on “Know All about Art Silk

  1. Hey there! This post could not be written any better! Reading through this post reminds me of my good old room mate! He always kept talking about this. I will forward this post to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read. Thank you for sharing!

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