How do you care for Silk wild rags-
Place your silk scarf in cold water with a mild detergent.
Leave to soak (no more than 5 minutes).
Swish the scarf slowly and gently.
Rinse with fresh water.
To help keep its hydrated feel, use a fabric conditioner in the final rinse (or even a small amount of hair conditioner).
Rinse well in cold water.
Ball your scarf together to remove excess moisture (wringing your silk out will damage it’s fibers). Then lay it flat or roll it in a towel to absorb any lingering moisture.
Lay flat to dry.
Most wrinkles in silk can simply be steamed out, but not everyone owns a steamer. A great steamer hack is to hang your scarf in the bathroom and let it steam while you take a hot shower.
If you can’t steam the creases out then here are a few tips on how to safely iron your silk:
- Set the iron to low heat (or the silk setting).
- Iron silk only once it’s dry and be sure to put a cloth between the silk and the iron.
- Do not spray or wet silk while ironing, you may get water-stains
How do you sew your hems?
All Hems are rolled and then serged on silk rags. Cotton rags are serged only.
What kind of quality is your silk?
The boring stuff in the textile world that classifies that quality of silk is determined by mm, or momme. The higher the mm the higher silk quality it is.
Here at Wild West Rag Co. we NEVER use silk under a 12mm. Most of our silks are 16mm to 30mm.
Why do you not like polyester fabric?
Polyester is made in a lab and is used to create many things such as home furnishing, boat covers and the cover for diapers. Because it’s widely mass-produced it has become a very cheap material to buy.
While polyester feels strong, it’s unbearable to wear. There is no breathe-ability in the fabric, the unnatural chemicals are not made for constant human contact. Manufactures love to use polyester because it’s cheap, thus putting all the cost on the customers.
Polyester is advertised as being wrinkle-free, but due to the chemicals that go into making these fabrics, polyester can be disastrous on sensitive skin and we don't want that to be wrapped around your neck all day.
What kinds of silks and cottons do you use?
We use many different kids of silks and cotton fabrics here at Wild West Rag Co.
Our main silks are-
- Charmeuse - This is a satin-weave, lightweight silk fabric with a shiny right side and matte wrong side. Charmeuse is soft and drapes well. The mm for our charmeuse is 16mm-30mm.
- Crêpe-De-Chine - This is a lightweight, plain-weave, smooth silk fabric which drapes well. It has a matte texture and muted luster. The mm for our crepe-de-chine is 16mm-18mm,
- Dupioni - A medium-weight, plain-weave silk fabric which has a crisp texture. The fabric is tightly woven with different sized weft and warp threads which gives it a textured appearance and highly-lustrous surface. Sometimes it’s woven in stripes, checks and other patterns. The mm for our dupioni is always 12mm.
- Habotai - Plain-weave, glossy silk fabric which is woven in both light and medium-weight versions. Traditionally habotai was woven in Japan. The fabric is soft with a lustrous finish. The mm for our habotai is always 12mm.
- Georgette - Also called crêpe Georgette. This is a lightweight, loosely woven sheer fabric made from highly twisted yarns. It has a crinkled surface and is manufactured in plain and patterned versions The mm for our georgette is 14mm-16mm.
Silk Twill - Combines the utilitarian strength of the twill weave with the natural strength of silk! A fabric with an obvious weave but still maintaining a smooth texture that is easy to wear. It is a nice weight, with a wonderful drape, great luster and excellent durability for the weight of the fabric. The mm for our silk twill is always 18mm.
- Silk Jacquard Fabric - Is distinguished by its diverse woven patterns. Woven of matte and reflective threads, Jacquard Fabric has a contrasting light and dark luster. Jacquard differs from Brocade in Jacquards use of a monochrome weave. These are generally a medium weight and more densely woven. The mm for our jacquard is 14mm-20mm.
- Silk Brocade - Brocade is a woven fabric with an elaborate raised design, often using gold or silver threads. The fabric is almost always thick and features a weave with floating threads to create a lustrous surface and sheen. Brocade is a heavy weight silk.The mm for our brocade is 20mm-28mm.
Our main cottons are-
- Silk-Cotton Mix - A soft, lightweight fabric which has a cotton weave combined with the luster and drape of silk. It’s the best of both fabrics and highly breathable.
- Cotton Voile - Voile is a lightweight, semi-sheer, woven fabric that is usually 100% cotton. Voile tends to have a higher thread count and a tighter weave than most cotton fabrics, making it soft and silky to the touch. Voile has a somewhat slippery texture and is known for its light drape. It's lightweight, breathable nature makes it great for making wild rags.
- 100% Cotton - Cotton fabric is breathable, transmits moisture away from the body and is absorbent and removes liquid from the skin. Cotton allows you to remain comfortable as you work, keeping moisture from building up between your skin and clothing.