Margilan silk gauze

margilan silk gauze
Margilan rarefied silk scrim – sparse gauze

September 2020 – Margilan silk out of stock due to multiple Covid-19 related border closures & shipping disruptions.     As an alternative, our hand dyed cotton scrim works well for nuno-felting. Add some lustre with viscose roving.

An ideal silk for felting, Margilan silk  gauze is a very open weave silk scrim,  hand loomed in Margilan, in  Uzbekistan.   The  apparent irregularities of the weave is due to the traditional method of production. The workers sort the silk cocoons which are then boiled. The silk strands are then separated into threads and woven.

Being the lightest silk fabric available, Margilan silk is a wonderful gauze for nuno felting. Other names for this fabric is ‘Rarefied’ or ‘Sparse’ silk gauze. Due to the loose weave, this silk gauze or scrim is almost transparent, making it a perfect nuno felting fabric. It has textural and layering possibilities as well as other fibre applications like paper making & textile collage.

With a width of up to 90cm, Margilan silk weighs around 8 gm per metre or less than 2.5 momme. It has a delicate lustre unlike some other lightweight gauze, chiffon and organza. For a slightly heavier gauze, see our natural and hand dyed  65 cm wide Uzbek silk gauze .

The natural silk we sell is slightly off white and dyes well with fibre reactive, natural or acid dye. We hand dye the silk here in Perth, Australia in a range of colours.

Despite thorough rinsing after hand dyeing, we cannot guarantee colourfastness of these fabrics.

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