Silk is a protein fiber that is naturally derived from silkworms. Its main composition is the substance fibroin which is produced when the larvae produce a cocoon. The best type of silk is the one that is obtained from the cocoons of the mulberry silkworm. There are lots of insects that produce silk, but the kind of silk that is used in textile manufacturing comes only from moth caterpillars.
Silk is one of the most popular fabrics in the fashion industry because of the unusual properties that it has. Many designers see silk as the most luxurious fabric, and it is the best when it comes to drape, absorbency, luster, color, and fabric. It is also a breathable fabric that feels warm during the winter season and cold during the summer months. Thanks to its good absorbency qualities, the fabric exhibits great affinity for dyes. The resulting dyed fabric is also colorfast on most occasions.
Silk is widely used in the production of different kinds of garments. Aside from clothes, it is also used in the manufacture of bags, bed sheets, pillow cases, ties, and parachutes.